The UAV Battlelab
is a U.S. Air Force
flight test and development facility specifically dedicated to developing unmanned aerial vehicles
. One of six original Air Force battlelabs established in 1997, this battlelab falls directly under the Air Warfare Center and recently moved to Creech Air Force Base
, located near Indian Springs, Nevada
from Eglin Air Force Base
The battlelab’s mission is to work UAV problems and then go to industry, academia, and service and national labs system for solutions. "Battlelabs find problems, identify solutions and transition them to the warfighter," said Col. Larry Felder, who commands the unit and also assisted with developing the Air Force’s original battlelab concept. "Once potential solutions are found, we conduct objective demonstrations to see if the technology, concept, tactics or procedures will actually work and transition the solution to our warfighters," Colonel Felder said.
Even though the battlelab core is on the West Coast, small UAV activities will still be staying at Eglin. The battlelab will continue to improve the Air Force’s ability to execute the mission and support joint warfighting initiatives, said the colonel.
"We’re currently going through a buildup process," Colonel Felder said. "We have moved the majority of the organization across country and are building a new team. The key to our immediate future success will be our operating location at Eglin. (Besides)... Read More