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.”