The U.S. Air Nationwide Guard Air Power Reserve Command Check Heart (AATC) just lately took half in Valiant Defend 2022, a 12-day joint coaching train aimed toward bolstering the collaborative means of U.S. Navy forces by conducting built-in operations with the Air Power, Military, Navy and Marine Corps. The AATC MQ-9 Check Detachment was supported by the 174th Assault Wing with Block 5 MQ-9 plane. The 556th Check and Analysis squadron supported with a block 30 Floor Management Station, whereas check flights have been flown out of Creech AFB utilizing Air Fight Command (ACC), Air Nationwide Guard (ANG) and Air Power Particular Operations Command (AFSOC) aircrew.

Through the train, AATC led a profitable check of the brand new AGM-114 R-4 lengthy vary hellfire missile and the related weaponeering software program. The modified Hellfire missile can fly roughly 3 times so far as earlier variations and resulted within the longest Hellfire shot taken thus far. The check demonstrated the AGM-114 R-4’s means to double the Basic Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (typically known as Predator B)’s standoff vary, giving the power to have interaction threats whereas sustaining a protected distance out of the threats means to counter-strike, which is essential to survivability in a contested surroundings.


The AGM-114 Hellfire is an air-to-ground missile (AGM) first developed for anti-armor use, later developed for precision drone strikes towards different goal sorts, particularly high-value targets. It was initially developed beneath the title Heliborne laser, fire-and-forget missile, which led to the colloquial title “Hellfire” finally turning into the missile’s formal title. It has a multi-mission, multi-target precision-strike means and could be launched from a number of air, sea, and floor platforms, together with the Reaper drone. The AGM-114 R-4 ailing exchange the HELLFIRE K2A and complement the present HELLFIRE R2 presently fielded by the U,S. Air Power.

Valiant Defend 2022 was a hit because of the mixed efforts of all army branches and an illustration of the lethality of the U.S. Navy’s built-in operations. The U.S. Air Nationwide Guard Air Power Reserve Command Check Heart (AATC) is a Main Command (MAJCOM) Operational Check Group chartered to check plane modernization efforts and the ARC’s Battlefield Airman Enterprise which incorporates Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance, Cyber, House, and all different Mixed Check Forces. The AATC is a unit of the Air Nationwide Guard, stationed at Tucson Air Nationwide Guard Base, Arizona.