704th Test Group Operating Location-AA
By Raquel March, AEDC/PA
/ Published January 12, 2017
ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- The 704th Test Group at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and a unit of AEDC, conducts directed energy and high energy laser testing at a geographically separated facility known as Operating Location (OL)-AA.
Located at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, OL-AA is the test and evaluation liaison to the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate.
The DED develops and transitions technologies in four core technical competencies: lasers systems, high power electromagnetics, weapons modeling and simulation, and directed energy and electro-optics for space superiority.
AFRL pioneered the first and only megawatt class airborne laser and is a world leader in ground-based space imaging using adaptive optics with a 3.5-meter telescope in New Mexico and a 3.6-meter telescope in Hawaii.
The Directorate is transitioning game-changing counter-electronics weapon technologies through programs such as CHAMP, or Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project, which can disable electronic systems with minimum collateral damage.