Hill F-35s Complete Intensive Weapons Evaluation
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The 388th and 419th Fighter Wings recently completed two exercises over three weeks here known as Combat Hammer and Combat Archer from Aug. 6-24 as part of the Air Force’s annual Weapons System Evaluation Program.
Evaluators from the WSEP team assessed Hill’s weapons crews, maintainers, and pilots to ensure they build, load, and employ the weapons properly. The team also evaluated a variety of air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles to include laser-guided smart bombs, GPS-guided joint direct attack munitions, and medium-range and heat-seeking missiles.
Joining Hill’s F-35s for the exercise were F-15s from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and F-16s from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., and Nellis AFB, Nev. This is the second year Hill’s F-35s have participated.
“We’re taking a close look at processes and procedures ‘from cradle to grave’ for each munition and testing the skills of weapons crews and pilots during scenarios that replicate wartime,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Williams of the WSEP team. “We want to ensure the weapons are operating as advertised and that everyone who touches them are doing it by the book.”