Three QF-16s have been detached to Edwards AFB, California, to support F-35 Joint Operational Test Team (JOTT) with test planning.
‘We’re preparing for initial operational test and evaluation [IOT&E] that starts next year,’ said Matt Feringa, F-35 JOTT senior tactical systems analyst. ‘Part of the QF-16’s mission is to carry airborne radar jamming pods. We flew F-35s with them as part of our test design development and to preliminarily evaluate the F-35 against those jamming pods.’The JOTT at Edwards is part of a joint enterprise that conducts operational test and evaluation of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The unit consists of all US services that will operate the different F-35 variants along with coalition partners such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands who will also operate the JSF.
Feringa said the QF-16s were here for two weeks and the JOTT received good data to move ahead with their test plans. For the JOTT test purposes, the QF-16s were flown by pilots from the 82nd ATRS.