Hill Air Force base conducting night exercises this month

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE (News4Utah)-  Those living near Hill Air Force Base may notice an increase in aircrafts flying during the night this month.

The active duty 388th Fighter Wing, the Reserve 419th FW and 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron will be conducting air-to-ground weapons exercises known as “Combat Hammer” and air-to-air exercises known as “Combat Archer”, a press release from the base said.

The exercises will take place now through August 24th. Night flights are scheduled to end around 10 p.m., officials at HAFB say.

“During the weapons evaluations, aircraft travel to the Utah Test and Training Range in Utah’s west desert to drop munitions in realistic combat scenarios,” the press release stated.

Officials say the goal of Combat Hammer is to evaluate the effectiveness, maintainability, suitability, and accuracy of precision-guided air-to-ground munitions. While the goal of Combat Archer is to evaluate air-to-air weapons systems in live-fire, combat-like environments to improve training, readiness, and effectiveness.

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