Naval Weapons Assessment Division (NWAD)
METI range related support to the Navy began in 1982 with an Engineering and Technical Services contract for the Fleet Analysis Center. The Fleet Analysis Center is now known as the Naval Weapons Assessment Division (NWAD), and is a segment of the Navy’s Tactical Training Range O&M contract work. METI has continuously provided engineering and technical services for the Navy’s range instrumentation systems. METI established an Operation and Maintenance organization to fulfill the requirements of the Range Operations Center (ROC) and the Electronic Warfare Debrief Facility at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon.
We developed and coordinated the Operation of the ROC systems and equipment for the conduct of fleet, air wing, and squadron training scenarios. We developed the initial flight operations procedures, range safety procedures, and ground interface and access procedures. These efforts paved the way for the Tactical Aircrew Combat Training Systems (TACTS). We have supported the Navy Tactical Training Range customers in range systems acquisitions, developments, installations, operations and maintenance through follow-on contrasts from 1982 to the present time.
Electronic Proving Ground
METI supported the Electronic Proving Ground (EPG) at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona and other EPG sites throughout the US. METI personnel planned, conducted, and analyzed the results of Technical Tests for Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, Signal Intelligence, and Electronic Combat (EC)/Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment. In addition to conducting developmental tests, METI supported the Army operational test community in the conduct of operational tests, user tests, and experiments. METI personnel are experts in: distributed systems of systems testing; conducting bench tests, lab tests, field tests; conducting large-scale geographically distributed systems of systems tests (which employ a mix of live and simulated instrumentation and assets); using test facilities and laboratories to conduct tests on C4ISR systems; and supporting customers in the joint and training communities. METI employees were instrumental in creating the EPG Communications Command Center, BETA, and RF laboratories, and developed future test bed capabilities. METI provided support for the following representative EPG programs and systems:
- Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle (TUAV)
- Maneuver Control System (MCS)
- Joint Tactical Radio System / Ground Mobile Radio (JTRS/GMR)
- Joint Capabilities Release (JCR)
- Ground Mobile Radio (GMR)
- Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS)
- Light Armored Vehicle (LAV)
- Handheld Mobile Short Form Fit Radio (HMS)
- Land Warrior
- Enhanced Position Location and Reporting System (EPLRS)
Tactical Training Range O&M
METI provided Operations and Maintenance support for the Tactical Aircrew Combat Training Systems (TACTS) on the range at NAS Fallon, NV. Starting in 1984 under multiple follow-on contracts, we have provided operations, test and evaluations, maintenance, and life cycle support. We provided operators and technicians for equipment such as the Range Manager’s console, display and debrief consoles, TACTS systems console, the central computer systems, and the electronic warface consoles. METI was responsible for the overall directions of the TACTS missions. During this period, we provided liaison to active fleet units and the Strike Warfare Center to assure optimal fleet units and the strike.