Air Platform Test & Evaluation Services
Under the LTPA, we support the development, test and training of complex weapons systems and military platforms including both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, land and sea platforms.
The LTPA ranges are available to MOD project teams and manufacturers for testing weapons systems to support performance assessment. The controlled environments are suitable for testing a wide range of systems including beyond-visual-range missile systems, precision-guided bombs and machine guns.
Our fixed wing capabilities include fast jets and larger aircraft supporting air-to-air and air-to-surface attacks against specially designed target systems, store drops and the exercising of defensive aid suites.
We conduct proving trials on new rotary wing aircraft, including the latest Lynx Wildcat, before they go into service. Activity involves a complete spectrum of activities from the trial releases of sonar buoys and testing defensive aid suites to strafing against remote-controlled targets as part of training exercises.
Land platforms, such as Starstreak and Rapier, also use the LTPA ranges for T&E and training. A variety of airborne and surface targets, including fixed structures, are provided to support these activities.
Sea platforms, such as the new Type 45, use the ranges to exercise modern systems such as Sea Viper as well as traditional guns.
We provide environments suitable for testing and training with customers’ numerous navigational systems, radar and optical sensors, including laser designation pods such as Sniper.