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Testing a new defense

A view of the test range at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., from a 507th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Nov. 29, 2017. The Okie aircrew flew over the range more than 60 times to allow a laser to fire at the recently installed Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system. The laser was designed to simulated a missile that has targeted the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

507th Aircraft Maintenace Squadron crew chief, Tech. Sgt. Michael Dunning, and avionics technician, Tech. Sgt. Eric Harmon, from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., look up at a flying jet while preparing a KC-135R Stratotanker for flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 28, 2017. The aircraft was reconfigured to utilize the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system and went to Fla. for testing of it's new defensive countermeasures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

507th Aircraft Maintenace Squadron crew chief, Tech. Sgt. Michael Dunning, and avionics technician, Tech. Sgt. Eric Harmon, from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., look up at a flying jet while preparing a KC-135R Stratotanker for flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 28, 2017. The aircraft was reconfigured to utilize the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system and went to Fla. for testing of it's new defensive countermeasures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Brian Abell, 46th Test Squadron test engineer contractor, and 2nd Lt. Samuel Hiltner, 46th Test Squadron defensive systems test engineer, monitor the flight path of a 507th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker as it passes over a test range at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 30, 2017. The aircraft made multiple passes over the range so that a laser, simulating an incoming missile, could target and test the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Brian Abell, 46th Test Squadron test engineer contractor, and 2nd Lt. Samuel Hiltner, 46th Test Squadron defensive systems test engineer, monitor the flight path of a 507th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker as it passes over a test range at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 30, 2017. The aircraft made multiple passes over the range so that a laser, simulating an incoming missile, could target and test the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

A Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system module is attached to the underside of a 507th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker, from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., while sitting on the flight line at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 28, 2017. The module was designed to be attached or removed within approximately 10 minutes by aircraft maintenance crews. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

A Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system module is attached to the underside of a 507th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker, from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., while sitting on the flight line at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 28, 2017. The module was designed to be attached or removed within approximately 10 minutes by aircraft maintenance crews. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Testing a new defense

Capt. Dan Shaheen, 465th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 pilot, adjusts his head gear during flight preparations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 28. The KC-135 unit was at Eglin testing a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system module. The system is designed to autonomously detect, provide warning and employ countermeasures against shoulder fired Man-portable air defense system missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Testing a new defense

Staff Sgt. Matthew Schubert, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares a KC-135 Stratotanker for flight Nov. 30, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The KC-135 unit was at Eglin testing a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system module. The system is designed to autonomously detect, provide warning and employ countermeasures against shoulder fired Man-portable air defense system missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Testing a new defense

Airmen help guide a set of mechanical stairs towards a KC-135 Stratotanker at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 27. The KC-135 unit was at Eglin testing a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system module. The system is designed to autonomously detect, provide warning and employ countermeasures against shoulder fired Man-portable air defense system missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Testing a new defense

A 507th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., flies over a test range located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 30. The aircraft made multiple passes over the range so that a laser, simulating an incoming missile, could target and test the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Testing a new defense

Capt. Ed Burnet, 465th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 pilot, looks out from the cargo hold of a KC-135 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 27. The aircraft went to Fla. for testing of it's new Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

Testing a new defense
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Tech. Sgt. Eric Harmon, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician, guides the end of a tie-down strap as it's pulled up during the offload of cargo from a KC-135R Stratotanker at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 27. Harmon was part of the maintenance crew who flew with the aircraft to Fla. for testing of it's reconfigured defensive system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)