AATC is a tenant on theTucson Air National Guard Base and is hosted by the 162 nd Fighter Wing, Arizona ANG
AATC conducts operational test (OT) on behalf of each MAJCOM and possesses 7 Block 25/32 aircraft to support the primary mission of F-16 Operational Flight Program (OFP) testing. AATC also operates a temporary A-10A OT detachment at Davis-Monthan AFB, with the support of the 917 th Wing, Barksdale AFB, LA and the host 355 th Wing. AATC also is tasked and accomplishes testing on a wide variety of other ARC aircraft, including F16 Block 40/42, B-52, F-15A/B, HH-60, HC-130 and electronic combat systems for those aircraft. AATC has also conducted testing in support of Air Mobility Command on C-130, C-5, KC-10 and KC-135 aircraft.
AATC is uniquely postured to take advantage of modernization efforts that are funded by the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) which is unprogrammed funding suited to near-term improvements. AATC efforts exploiting NGREA resources complement long-range AF programs and have enabled transformational modernization efforts such as Night Vision Devices for fighter aircraft (first fielded in the ARC), Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL), a low-cost datalink complementing AF network enabled operations, and Litening Targeting Pods, which greatly increased the number of precision strike aircraft in the AF inventory and revolutionized how the AF delivers joint fires and conducts non-traditional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.