Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Testing could impact GPS

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Electronic devices that rely on Global Positioning System technology may be affected during upcoming military testing in the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay, according Eglin Air Force Base. There also will be an increase in aircraft noise during the testing April 1-6. The work by Eglin’s 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group is scheduled from 8 a.m.- noon during each of the six days. During the testing period, fighter aircraft will release munitions about 20 nautical miles south of Destin over the Gulf, and boats traveling in formation will move between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the bridge at U.S. Highway 331. The formation will be used as visual targets, and while no weapons or ammunition will be involved, some boats will have fake deck guns and rocket launcher tubes. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/27/18)