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Weapon systems are typically developed and upgraded in phases, where support system definition and implementation are completed after air vehicle deliveries commence. It can be several years before the automatic test system (ATS) is fully operational and self-supporting. C-17 Globemaster III deployment requirements however, dictated that the support system be delivered in a fully operational state to provide avionics repair capability concurrent with the first aircraft delivery. This demanding requirement necessitated innovations in program management, support system design, deployment, field operations, and support. This paper discusses the deployment and field operation. Strategies implemented and lessons learned by the MDA/USAF integrated product team to achieve an industry first in integrated weapon system activation.