Tropic Regions Test Center
Definition/Scope: (YUMA.ARMY.MIL) The Tropic Regions Test Center?s mission is to plan and conduct tropic environmental development tests on a wide variety of military electronic systems, materials, weapons, and equipment of all conceivable types, sizes, configurations and uses. The unique combination of tropic microclimates available at test sites means the individual needs of each customer are flexibly met. Programs are conducted at locations appropriate for each test ? where conditions are realistic and exactly as needed. American military forces of the 21st century must be able to deploy and operate effectively around the globe, making testing in the tropics essential. Heat, humidity, solar radiation, insects, fungus, bacteria, rainfall, and numerous other factors combine synergistically to reduce the performance of men, machines, and materials in the tropics quickly. The artificial environments recreated in test chambers can be useful in some aspects of the testing process. United States military tropic testing began in 1923, when the Panama Canal Zone was used as a test station for studies on plants and animals. However, severe failures of military equipment in the Southwest Pacific during World War II significantly expanded the tropic testing workload. Testing equipment performance and battlefield concepts continued at full capacity through the long years of the Vietnam War. The need for tropic testing continues today.
Used For:YPG Tropic Regions Center
Broader Terms:Developmental Test Command
Narrower Terms:test and evaluation
Related Terms:Army Evaluation Center