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New partners, new missions

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- Editorial Note: This is the first in a series of articles to provide information about the new units and missions under the Air Force Test Center realignment for AEDC.

The 704th Test Group’s (TG) mission is to operate world-class test facilities for high speed sled track testing, navigation and guidance system testing, radar signature measurements, weapon systems flight testing, and act as the Air Force Liaison for all Air Force programs tested at White Sands Missile Range. The 704th is instrumental for testing advanced avionics, weapons development, multiple Global Positioning System integration, landing gear and high-velocity impact.

The Squadrons that conduct the various tests of the 704th are the 586th Flight Test Squadron, the 746th Test Squadron-Guidance/Navigational Test and the 846th Test Squadron-Rocket Sled Tests.

The 704th Test Support Squadron oversees operational support to the 704th TG missions.

Additionally, the 704th TG has two geographically separated units: Operating Location (OL)-AA, located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and OL-AC, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. OL-AA is responsible for directed energy and high energy laser testing, whereas OL-AC performs landing-gear and aircraft survivability tests.