Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) conducts operational test and evaluation of all air-to-ground weapons, air-to-air weapons, sensors, electronic warfare systems and mission software upgrades to aircraft and weapon systems. More than 350 VX-9 Vampires maintain and fly a diverse fleet of approximately 20 aircraft used in the demanding and dynamic role of operational flight test, supporting both Navy and Marine Corps tactical aviation. VX-9 currently operates and tests the FA-18E/F Super Hornet, FA-18C/D Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, EA-6B Prowler, EA-18G Growler, as well as the AH-1W/Z Cobra and UH-1Y helicopters. The squadron is headquartered at China Lake. VX-5 moved to China Lake from Moffet Field in 1956, and merged with VX-4 from Point Mugu to become VX-9 in 1995 under the Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR).
Please direct inquiries about VX-9 to the NAWS Public Affairs Office at (760) 939-1683.