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Continuing Testing

Webb's hardware performance and reliability assertions are supported by the results of the continuing 5-1 AD AETF testing process.

As an example of that process, he pointed to the recent completion of "Technical Test 1," which he described as "the contractors' developmental test activity. It was contractor-run, but with government furnished material and equipment. It's similar to developmental testing, but under this contract arrangement, the contractors are required to demonstrate ability to meet verification objectives, as opposed to 'hard and fast' types of one-dimensional specifications. It is more stringent in many regards, because no longer is it a 'one off pass/fail. It is multiple iterations, and you are showing the probability of events over multiple iterations."

"Technical Test 1" and a follow-on "Technical Test 2" were conducted in the May-June 2010 timeframe.

"We did have soldier participation in the Technical Tests," Webb acknowledged. "But, as I said, it was a 'developmental type test,' so the soldier participation was not necessarily in the tactical context. But our ability to bring soldiers in during that developmental test event and get them acclimated and accustomed - 'stick time' on the equipment, if you will - paid off very nicely."

Top and above: Limited User Test (LUT) of the modernized equipment was performed at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., September 2010. The purpose of the LUT was to assess the effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of the E-IBCT "Increment 1" systems prior to 2012 deployment. "Mountain Village" was constructed to take advantage of a location more similar to the terrain in Afghanistan, complete with role players.

Top and above: Limited User Test (LUT) of the modernized equipment was performed at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., September 2010. The purpose of the LUT was to assess the effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of the E-IBCT "Increment 1" systems prior to 2012 deployment. "Mountain Village" was constructed to take advantage of a location more similar to the terrain in Afghanistan, complete with role players.

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