by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office
11/14/2013 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The
88th Test and Evaluations Squadron received the first set of Guardian
Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicles in the Air Force's inventory Nov.
The GAARV is a multi-purpose utility vehicle intended to help combat
search and rescue teams retrieve individuals that have been isolated and
can expand the ability to quickly reach further into the battle space
to provide a more mobile rescue capability.
"The GAARV may provide capability enhancements for maneuverability,
force protection, and technical rescue capabilities within the ground
domain," said Capt. Francis Hallada, 88th TES Guardian Angel Test
Operational testing of the GAARV will start in March 2014 to evaluate
its suitability and effectiveness for the Guardian Angel [GA] weapon
system. The GA is a non-aircraft, equipment-based weapon system and is
organized into nine specific capabilities -- prepare, mission plan,
insert, movement, actions on objective, medically treat, extract,
reintegrate, and adapt.
"The GAARV is the first multi-purpose tactical ground vehicle intended
to support combat search and rescue operations and other Guardian Angel
missions," said Master Sgt. Michael Butler, 88th Test and Evaluations
Squadron Guardian Angel Test Division section chief. "This delivery
marks the first vehicles delivered for operational testing of a new
combat search and rescue capability that ultimately may enhance the Air
Force's personnel recovery core function."
The new vehicle can enhance mission effectiveness as well as have dual
roles. The vehicle will be able to move amongst rubble/debris fields
during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts to transport
survivors and rescue equipment.
"The [GAARV] may be employed in a variety of physical environments
across the range of military operations," Hallada said. "During a major
combat operation, the vehicle has the potential to provide a capability
for the rescue team to keep terrain and distance separation from enemy
forces in order to provide enough time for the recovery package to reach
the objective area."
The mission of the 88th TES is to maximize HH-60 Pave Hawk, HC-130
Hercules, and the GA weapon systems capability by fielding combat ready
solutions to combat search and rescue forces through innovation, test
and evaluation, and tactics development in order to perfect lethality,
survivability, and sustainability of the nations forces.
With the first GAARV on hand, the combat search and rescue team members
who use this equipment will be able to remove isolated individuals
quicker, which in the end could save lives.