MOD Boscombe Down
MOD Boscombe Down
The tri-service home of military aircraft Test & Evaluation and the Boscombe Down RAF Support Unit which provides administrative support to the military lodger units.
The main units of Boscombe Down are:
Royal Air Force Support Unit (RAFSU)
Provides quality administrative, security, medical and welfare support to Service personnel on the strength of parented organisations.
Air Warfare Centre (AWC) Boscombe Down
A tri–service organization dedicated to the Test and Evaluation of military air systems. Working in collaboration with QinetiQ Ltd, AWC Boscombe Down ensures that the aircraft and airborne weapon systems operated by the UK’s Armed Forces are safe and effective in role.
Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS)
Trains and delivers world class flight test professionals in order to support the Test and Evaluation requirements of the UK MOD and other foreign governments and civil organisations.
Conducts all aspects of Test and Evaluation in support of current and future 2 Group platforms, their associated equipment and weapon systems and Defence advanced research programmes.
Fast Jet Test Sqn (FJTS)
Conducts all aspects of Test and Evaluation in support of current and future 1 Group platforms, their associated equipment and weapon systems and Defence advanced research programmes.
Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Sqn (RWTS)
Conducts all aspects of Test and Evaluation in support of current and future rotary wing platforms, their associated equipment and weapon systems and Defence advanced research programmes.
MOD Flight Test Regulator
A lodger unit belonging to Defence Equipment & Support. Acts as the MOD regulatory authority for UK military-registered aircraft operations involving Test and Evaluation, and Research and Development flying.
Royal Air Force Handling Squadron
Provides advice on the normal and emergency handling procedures for the aircraft of all 3 Services. The Squadron produces some 250 publications, principally Aircrew Manuals and Flight Reference Cards.
Tornado In-Service Software Maintenance Team (TISMT)
Was formed in the early 1980s and maintains the operational software for the Tornado GR4/GR4A navigation and attack system.
Southampton University Air Squadron (SUAS)
Formed in 1941 under the Oxford Wing to provide pre-service training to ‘air minded’ undergraduates destined for the RAF. Membership comprises students studying a variety of subjects with the common theme of academic achievement.
No 2 Air Experience Flight (2 AEF)
Provides Air Cadets from the southern counties of England (Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, parts of Surrey and Sussex) and the Combined Cadet Forces of selected schools, flying experience in Grob Tutor aircraft. Approximately 3000 cadets are flown each year and around 26 volunteer pilots, all with military flying backgrounds, assist with this task. 2 AEF is part of Southampton University Air Squadron and shares its 5 aircraft.
Logistic Network Enabled Capability (LOG NEC) Project Team
The team will make major enhancements to defence's asset management and tracking capability to ensure that we have "the right materiel, in the right palce, at the right time".
Royal Air Force Centre of Aviation Medicine - Aviation Medicine Flight (Av Med Flt)
Based at MOD Boscombe Down as a permanent detachment and established to provide the UK MOD’s in-flight aviation medicine research and assessment capability.