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  • GBU-15

    MissionThe Guided Bomb Unit or GBU-15 is an unpowered, glide weapon used to destroy high value enemy targets. It was designed for use with F-15E, F-111F and F-4 aircraft, but the U.S. Air Force is currently only deploying it from the F-15E Strike Eagle.FeaturesThe weapon consists of modular components that are attached to either a MK-84 general
  • GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb Weapon System

    Mission The GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb, or SDB, is an extended range all-weather, day or night 250-pound class, guided munition. The SDB relies on the Global Positioning System to provide navigation to the target. Additionally, its small size allows increased aircraft loadout to achieve multiple kills per sortie and inherently reduces the
  • Global Positioning System

    MissionThe Global Positioning System is a constellation of orbiting satellites that provides navigation data to military and civilian users all over the world. The system is operated and controlled by the 50th Space Wing, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.FeaturesGPS satellites orbit the earth every 12 hours, emitting continuous navigation
  • Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance

    MissionThe Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System, or  GEODSS,  plays a vital role in tracking deep space objects. More than 2,500 objects, including geostationary communication satellites, are in deep space orbits varying in altitude from 10,000 to 45,000 kilometers from Earth.  Approximately 20,000 known man-made objects in
  • Guardian Angel

    MissionGuardian Angel is uniquely designed and dedicated to conduct Personnel Recovery across the full range of military operations and during all phases of joint, coalition, and combined operations. Its most fundamental mission tasks are: 1) to prepare personnel who may be isolated or become missing while participating in U.S. government
  • HC-130J Combat King II

    Mission The HC-130J replaces HC-130P/Ns as the only dedicated fixed-wing Personnel Recovery platform in the Air Force inventory. It is an extended-range version of the C-130J Hercules transport. Its mission is to rapidly deploy to execute combatant commander directed recovery operations to austere airfields and denied territory for expeditionary,
  • HC-130P/N King

    The HC-130P/N "King" is the only dedicated fixed-wing Personnel Recovery platform in the Air Force inventory. The HC-130P/N is an extended-range version of the C-130 Hercules transport. HC-130 crews provide expeditionary, all weather personnel recovery capabilities to our Combatant Commanders and Joint/Coalitions partners worldwide.Mission The
  • HH-60G Pave Hawk

    Mission The primary mission of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night personnel recovery operations into hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. The HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war, including civil search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, humanitarian
  • High Velocity Maintenance

    In early fiscal 2007,  the idea "high velocity maintenance" was outlined in a paper on how to move aircraft through a depot faster by increasing man-hours per day. In May 2007 a steering group and subsequent high performance team was established to develop the HVM concept. The high performance team was built from various disciplines across the
  • High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System

    Mission The High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System, or HTS, is a system for use on the Air Force's F-16CJ Block 50/52 Fighting Falcon. This targeting system is the cornerstone of the suppression of enemy air defense mission, providing substantial situational awareness to pilots on the types and locations of surface-to-air defense
  • Imagery Analysis - 1N1X1

    Mission Imagery analysis professionals are the "eyes" of the nation's fighting forces. They work using state of the art equipment and are responsible for interpreting imagery from some of the world's most advanced satellites and manned aircraft, like the U-2. In addition, they are part of the operational crew for the Air Force's Unmanned Arial
  • Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development

    The Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is the umbrella organization for Air Force officer recruitment and training and citizenship programs within the Air University.
  • Joint Direct Attack Munition GBU- 31/32/38

    MissionThe Joint Direct Attack Munition is a guidance tail kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into accurate, adverse weather "smart" munitions. With the addition of a new tail section that contains an inertial navigational system and a global positioning system guidance control unit, JDAM improves the accuracy of unguided, general
  • KC-10 Extender

    Mission The KC-10 Extender is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. Although the KC-l0's primary mission is aerial refueling, it can combine the tasks of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refueling fighters and simultaneously carry the fighter support personnel
  • KC-135 Stratotanker

    Mission The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 60 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and
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