Air Defense Firing Range

This Air Defense Firing Range is used to train and test Air Defense Artillery crews on the skills necessary to employ ground to air anti-aircraft missiles against ballistic aerial target systems (BATS) and drones. This complex supports shoulder-launched as well as vehicle-launched missiles.

Primary features include:
Four Shoulder/Vehicle launch firing positions

No automation is required for this Air Defense Firing Range

Associated Range Operations and Control facilities:
Range Operations Center, Small (17123)
Bleacher Enclosure (75061)
Operations/Storage Building (17120)
Latrine (73075)

Additional Information: For ground firing, large red arrows covered with highly visible paint are placed on right and left outer limits of the ricochet area. Red flags are placed on the firing line at start-fire and cease-fire points.

STINGER missiles have a 15 degree con-shaped danger zone centered directly to the rear of the launcher. To avoid hazards, the ground directly to the rear of the gunner is cleared of all obstacles and the launcher breech is placed one meter off the ground.

STINGER missiles are light-weight and easy to carry. The missile itself weighs 22 lb without the launcher and 34 lb with the launcher. Per procedure, these missiles are to be operated by both a gunner and a spotter. However, it is also possible to be shoulder-fired by a single gunner.

Currently there are three models : the Stinger basic, STINGER-Passive Optical Seeker Technique (STINGER POST) with a dual-detector seeker , and STINGER-Reprogrammable Microprocessor (RMP) which can load a new set of software via ROM chip.

Air Defense Firing Range