Automated Sniper Field Fire Range
An Automated Sniper Field Fire range (ASFF) is for day and night training that give the gunner with battlefield like conditions and qualified requirements with automated and realistic targets (both stationary and moving). The ASFF range is designed with the M24 Sniper rifle in mind.
The firing line is 80 meters (80M) wide. Along the firing line, firing positions are provided on each lane. There are four firing lanes, each 20 meters wide at the firing line. The lanes become wider as the distance from the firing line increases, reaching 150 meters in width at the most distant target, 1000 meters downrange. A single firing position is on mildly elevated ground and is 20 meters deep. Engagement requirements are from the following positions; prone, sitting, kneeling, and standing. The sniper needs to be able to see the target area from several different positions within the firing position. Each firing positions should be marked with the position’s assigned number.
An Automated Sniper Field Fire range should be located in a natural, outdoor environment. Natural vegetation is required within the target area to provide natural stationary obstacles for the sniper to negotiate. Nature creates realistic stationary obstacles such as bushes, trees, and other vegetation which make for ideal training conditions.
Depending on land requirements it may be possible to the Automated Sniper Field Fire range may be overlaid on top of the lanes of a Qualification Training Range (QTR) or along the lanes of a MultiPurpose Machine Gun transition range (MPMG).
This range has 40 stationary infantry targets, 8 Moving infantry targets and 4 firing positions. Each lane has ten fully automated Stationary Infantry Target (SITs) emplacements located at 100, 175, 300, 400, 475, 600, 700, 800, 900, and 1,000 meters from the firing line. In addition, each lane contains 2 Moving Infantry Targets (MIT) located (centered) at 250 and 500 meters from the firing line. Target locations should conform as closely as possible to the established distances, but may vary by up to ±5 meters in order to avoid undesirable locations such as depressions or drainage features. The effect of the location variation is less significant at targets further downrange.
SFF Narrative Description
A zero target, to be used as a calibration point, will be a SIT and must be located 300 meters from the firing lane. Because of the zero targets’ function, no range variation is allowed in its location.
All targets are fully automated and the event specific target scenario is computer driven and scored from the range operations center. The range operating system is fully capable of providing immediate performance feedback to the using participants.