BQM-177A maintainer training

A BQM-177A, the U.S. Navy’s next-generation sub-sonic aerial target, is on display during a maintainer’s course conducted by Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Threat/Target Systems Department in Point Mugu, California, on May 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Kimberly Brown)

NAWCWD trains first BQM-177 operators, maintainers

Twenty-seven Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees completed a two-week training course designed to support the U.S. Navy's next-generation sub-sonic aerial target, the BQM-177A on May 10.

The BQM-177A reached Initial Operational Capability in February and initial land-based test operations will be conducted in Point Mugu, California.

Training consisted of two tracks – one for maintainers and one for the target’s remote control operators. The standardized training, initially designed and delivered by the original equipment manufacturer, will be further honed and customized as BQM-177A target operations ramp up.

“Standardized training for all targets is critical for maintaining safe operations,” said Brandon Wahl, the Threat/Target Systems Department’s Target Training and Operating Procedures program manager. “With the new target, we’ll be incorporating many lessons learned during these early operations.”

 

BQM-177A RCOs train

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees practice flying the BQM-177A, the U.S. Navy’s next-generation sub-sonic aerial target, during a remote control operator’s course hosted by the Threat/Target Systems Department on May 7 in Point Mugu, California. (U.S. Navy photo by Kimberly Brown)

BQM-177A maintainers train

A BQM-177A, the U.S. Navy’s next-generation sub-sonic aerial target, is on display during a maintainer’s course conducted by Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Threat/Target Systems Department in Point Mugu, California, on May 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Kimberly Brown)

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