Training Requirements

The proposed modernization would provide the realistic training capabilities needed to meet changing aviation and ground training requirements, while maintaining and enhancing the safety and security of local communities.

In 2014, the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) conducted a comprehensive study of the land and airspace needed to meet combat training requirements for modern aircraft and weapon systems. The Navy analyzed required air and ground training capabilities for strike warfare, air warfare, electronic warfare, and naval special warfare. The analysis showed that the size of the Fallon Ranges severely restricts the types of weapons that can be used, which limits training realism and effectiveness. These limitations leave aircrews and special operations forces unable to fully train, compromising their safety and success in combat.

Current aircraft and weapons technologies require a far greater amount of training space than previous technologies required. While older aircraft flew at lower altitudes and required a smaller impact area for ordnance, modern aircraft fly at higher altitudes and approach targets from 10 to 12 miles away.

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The boundaries of the Fallon Ranges have not changed to accommodate for the capabilities of modern weapons. Modern weapons can reach targets at greater distances than ever before, but current range boundaries limit this type of training. Expanding the range boundaries would allow military personnel to train in a realistic, and in some instances 360-degree, combat scenario.

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