Project – Luke Air Force Base
Luke Air Force Base (Luke AFB) is an active-duty, United States Air Force Base located just west of Glendale, Arizona and 15 miles West of Phoenix. It is a major training base of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), training pilots in the F-16 Fighting Falcon and is about to become the Air Force’s primary training base for F-35 pilots. Its mission is to train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots.
Luke AFB is about to become the largest F-35 training facility in the world, a place where U.S. and foreign military pilots will train side by side for decades to come. The F-35 is the most advanced fighter plane ever built, therefore, the training facility needed to be just as cutting-edge as the aircraft. Luke AFB spent two years (2013-2015) building a state-of-the-art training facility. The new building is a two-story, 145,000 square foot facility containing classrooms, auditoriums, administration space and 12 computerized flight-simulator bays.
ABcom provided backbone copper and fiber optic cabling, over 2,000 Category 6 copper horizontal cables, and accompanying telecommunications rooms’ equipment, terminations, grounding, and bonding. The installation is certified in conjunction with ABcom manufacturing partners for 20 years of warranty service. More than 50 ABcom employees were involved in the project including designers, estimators, project managers and field operators. Given this is a military base, there were a great deal of security and safety measures that had to be taken and protocols that had to be followed.