The Air Force Test Center broke ground on the 52,000-square foot Joint Simulation Environment (JSE) facility at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during a ceremony hosted by the 412th Electronic Warfare Group.

The $27.5 million, energy efficient building is the first of two planned JSE modeling and simulation facilities set to house operations, engineering, maintenance and logistics personnel.

The JSE will enable rapid development for future platforms and improve testing of current weapon systems that will enhance multi-domain operations in ways physical testing cannot achieve. It will support up to 20 high-fidelity simulators and associated equipment to enable multi-platform, multi-domain developmental testing, operational testing and high-end advanced tactics and training.


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The first JSE systems will be focused on the F-35 and F-22, but the flexible open-architecture design will allow the incorporation of other aircraft and weapons systems in the future. Recent advances in smart adaptive technology have challenged the test community’s ability to accurately test using open air ranges.

Construction of the facility is scheduled to complete in June of 2022 and reach initial operational capability in 2023.

Construction for another $34.4 million JSE facility located on Edwards Air Force Base, California, is set to commence in February 2021. The Edwards facility will focus on developmental test and evaluation.