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84TH RADAR EVALUATION SQUADRON

Posted 4/17/2013 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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The 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, reports directly to the 505th Test and Evaluation Group at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Tracing its lineage to the 7th Radar Calibration Flight formed in 1948 at Hamilton Field, Calif., the unit was established as the 84th RADES in 1987. In October 2005, the unit joined the 505th Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Purpose
The 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron evaluates, optimizes, and integrates fixed and mobile long range sensors for both the operational and federal communities. Additionally, the 84th RADES sets the standard for coverage prediction and depiction, as well as provides data analysis and unique radar forensics supporting search and rescue and aircraft mishap investigations. Squadron members ensure that controllers have reliable and accurate sensor information for day-to-day operations, contingencies and specialized activities such as counter-narcotics and search and rescue. Armed with technical experts, , communicators, radar maintainers, specially trained surveyors, and with operating locations at three NORAD Air Defense Sectors, the 84th RADES is a major contributor to all facets of air detection, air sovereignty and command and control.

Mission
The mission of the 84 RADES is to provide the warfighter responsive worldwide ground radar-centric planning, analysis, optimization, C2 testing, and constant evaluation.. The RADES's vision is one of world-class radar expertise delivering air domain awareness.

Specified Tasks
Performance Monitoring: Execute near real-time performance monitoring of 218+ radar systems in the NORTHCOM, PACOM, and CENTCOM areas of responsibility, to ensure optimum operation
Radar Survey and Placement: Provide war planners with placement analysis to architect/maximize the theater radar picture, as well as meet warfighters' need to recognize limitations and vulnerabilities
Sensor Evaluation/Optimization: Conduct required baseline and special evaluations for 250+ sensors, to optimize system performance, determine operational capabilities and limitations, and assess impacts of external factors and/or upgrades, supporting non-cooperative target detection, air sovereignty and C2
C2 System Test & Validation: Evaluate multi-sensor connectivity and integration into DoD C2 systems to ensure accurate processing of radar inputs, assess latency and also provide exercise support.
Event Analysis: Conduct post-event sensor data recovery and investigation for aerial mishaps; provide assistance to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy Safety Centers, and the National Transportation Safety Board
Software Engineering: Provide/sustain the unique tools that support the RADES missionRadar Obstruction Evaluation (OE): Through the OE cell at 84th RADES, manned by both USAF and DHS personnel, conduct evaluations of radar impact caused by various obstructions (building construction, wind turbines, etc.) and forwards results to DHS and HQ ACC.

Organizations
To execute this mission, the 84th RADES operates primarily in and from Hill AFB, Utah. Additionally, the squadron has three operating locations, embedded within the NORAD Air Defense Sectors, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and Rome (formerly Griffis AFB) N.Y.

(Current as of February 2013)







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