Degraded Visual Environment Mitigation Helping to Build All Weather Fight Capability

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February 13, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: February 13 on

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. — A science and technology program designed to increase the capability and safety of the aviation fleet achieved a major milestone Sept. 15 during testing here.

The Degraded Visual Environment Mitigation Program held a VIP Day for the NATO Yuma Flight Trials. The dust and brownout testing is the first time the program has tested an integrated cueing, sensor and flight control solution in a relevant operational environment, said Maj. Joe S. Minor, Program Manager and Experimental Test Pilot for the DVE-M Program, led by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center”s Aviation Development Directorate.

“This DVE mitigation program is a concerted effort to attack not only brownouts, but to build the capability of being able to fight in all weather conditions,” said Col. Steven Braddom, director of the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate.