AASI personnel are heavily involved in simulation-based, ground testing of several DoD systems, especially elements of the BMDS. An example that our scientists and engineers routinely support is the BMDS Performance Assessment events, also known as PA events, held each year in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These exercises bring together elements of the system for rigorous system level testing in various simulated environments.
The software exercised in the PA events is comprised of high-fidelity tactical processes and tactical algorithms providing the most realistic testing possible in a simulation venue. This provides our customers with the ability to test numerous battlefield excursions not possible in the real-world environments of the U.S. National Test Ranges. It is our team that integrates the tactical Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) software code in the PAs. We are providing our customers, the warfighters, and senior leadership with the data, analysis and expertise that they need to make informed determinations about the readiness of the system.
AASI personnel also support ground testing with actual tactical hardware and software “in-the-loop”, commonly called Hardware in the Loop, and Software in the Loop (HWIL and SWIL) testing. These tests are conducted at specialized facilities where actual flight hardware can be housed and exercised. AASI’s most recent support to HWIL testing included our 7+ years at the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program prime contractor’s test facility in Huntsville, Alabama. Components of the missile system for the GMD program, known as the ground based interceptor or GBI, are brought into this facility for rigorous pre-flight testing. Our personnel play a vital role in the planning, design, set-up and conduct of these tests.