F-35A to Fly During WSEP; 388th MXS Munitions Flight Builds Bombs for Evaluations
Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range will host fighter and bomber aircraft performing weapons evaluations Aug. 7-18.
The evaluations, known as the Weapons System Evaluation Program or WSEP, consist of two parts: Combat Hammer and Combat Archer. The evaluation exercises test and validate the performance of crews, pilots, and their technology while deploying precision-guided munitions.
The goal of Combat Hammer is to evaluate the effectiveness, maintainability, suitability, and accuracy of precision guided air-to-ground munitions. Combat Archer evaluates operational Department of Defense and partner nations’ total air-to-air weapons system actions in live-fire, combat representative environments to improve Combat Air Force training and readiness as well as weapons effectiveness.
The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron and DET 1, a Hill tenant unit, conducts Combat Hammer, while the 83rd FWS from Tyndall AFB, Florida, hosts Combat Archer.