New Weapons System Completes First Live Mission

Airmen from the 752nd Operations Support Squadron unload the AN/TYQ-23A tactical air operations module weapons system as it arrives at Tinker Air Force Base, OK, in September 2019. The ground-based weapons system, which allows squadron members at Tinker AFB to provide command and control to both live and simulated aircraft from around the country, is one of only four active-duty bases to obtain the equipment (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Ashlyn K. Paulson).

Airmen from the 752nd Operations Support Squadron unload the AN/TYQ-23A tactical air operations module weapons system as it arrives at Tinker Air Force Base, OK, in September 2019. The ground-based weapons system, which allows squadron members at Tinker AFB to provide command and control to both live and simulated aircraft from around the country, is one of only four active-duty bases to obtain the equipment (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Ashlyn K. Paulson).

January 14, 2020 | Source: www.af.mil, 2nd Lt. Ashlyn K. Paulson, 5 January 2020

After 4 years of planning, the 752nd Operations Support Squadron (OSS) has successfully completed their first live mission on the AN/TYQ-23A weapons system at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB).

The 752nd OSS received the AN/TYQ-23A Tactical Air Operations Module weapons system in September 2019 after beginning the acquisition process in the summer of 2015. The ground-based weapons system allows squadron members at Tinker AFB to provide command and control to both live and simulated aircraft from around the country. Only 18 of these weapons systems exist in Air Force inventory, and Tinker AFB is now one of only four active-duty bases to have this equipment.

To prepare for the weapons system, the 752nd OSS had to attend weeks of training on how to operate the equipment. The squadron also added 10 maintenance personnel and underwent extensive renovations to support the necessary equipment and technology.

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