Military Conducts Live-Fire Coordination, Interoperability Training on Hawaii island

Interoperability training among the nation’s armed forces is occurring in Hawaii on an unprecedented scale — and China is the reason, defense experts say.

In the most recent example, two Air Force B-52 bombers, more than 1,500 Schofield Barracks soldiers, at least 30 Army helicopters and Arkansas-based C-130 cargo carriers deployed to Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island for a 10-day “fire support coordination exercise.”

“Being able to practice close-air support with B-52 bombers dropping over 15, 000 pounds of high explosives while running alongside our Army brethren in a company movement with (helicopter ) attack aviation to the left and active artillery to the right, provided numerous lessons, ” Capt. Austin Hairfield, with the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron, said in an Air Force news release.


Pilots, ground troops combine to test Apache helicopter modernization upgrades

FORT HOOD, Texas — During the largest Aviation test of 2019, Apache and Unmanned Aerial System pilots joined combat ground forces to test an upgraded Apache helicopter version. The complex operational test of the AH64E Version 6 Apache helicopter upgraded improved target acquisition and joint interoperability, while taking a look at its increased lethality and survivability on the modern battlefield.

“The operational test collected data on the ability of an AH-64E Version 6-equipped unit to conduct attack, reconnaissance, and security missions in land and maritime environments,” said Mr. Larry Hood, a Supervisor Military Test Plans Analyst with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Aviation Test Directorate.