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urban and Collective Training Sites

All sites at Fort Indiantown Gap are designed to closely replicate conditions and effects on the battlefield to create realistic, intense, stressful, and challenging training scenarios.  More than $17 million has been invested in these facilities over the last five years including the premier FTIG urban training site, the $9.7 million Combined Arms Collective Training Facility.  All of the facilities lend themselves for military use or for training law enforcement and emergency responders.  Units may schedule ranges by calling one of the training professionals at FTIG Range Operations (717) 861-2152/2153 or through RFMSS.

Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF), Range 30

Forward Operating Base (FOB)

In addition to preparing Soldiers for living conditions the FOB may be used to train on a variety of base security operations such as entry point control and traffic flow.

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IED-D Home Station Training Lane (IED-D HSTL), Range 39

Constructed to conduct full spectrum IED operations up to company level.  The IED-D HSTL provides a training area in which units may learn the individual and collective skills needed to fight and defeat insurgency.  The lane incorporates most types of IED ranging from the basic artillery round along the road to dual array EFP, to House-Borne IED.  The lane can accommodate Force on Force (FOF) and Force on Target (FOT) operations.

The lane consists of 2.5 miles of improved road construction, numerous vehicles, two traffic circles and one overpass.  In addition several markets, a mosque and three village complexes have been meticulously created to add realism during training scenarios.  A variety of simulated ammunition is approved for use on the site, including Sort Range Training Ammunition for use during LFX.  You can also coordinate for the setup and use of the Dismounted IED Visual Indicator Lane (DIVIL) and the display area which shows examples of past and present IED systems used by the enemy.  Our RED TEAM maintains constant contact with the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) and Asymmetric Warfare Group to ensure that the most current enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures are incorporated into the range.

This fixed training site is replicated in Virtual Battlespace 2 (VB2) allowing for a complete digital rehearsal prior to going live.  Additional virtual training on driver training and convoy operations is available with the Common Driver Trainer (CDT) and the Operator Driver Simulator (ODS).  Please see the section on Virtual Training for more details.

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Live Fire Breach Exercise Facility (LFBEF), Range 33

The Live Fire Breach Exercise Facility was completed in 2010.  The facility is designed to train military and civilians on the technical aspects of breaching techniques and provide immediate feedback.  The facility is configured into three different sections which facilitate window breaching, door breaching, and demolition of concrete or brick structures.  Units can train on mechanical breaching, ballistic breaching, explosive breaching and thermal breaching.

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Live Fire Infantry Squad Battle Course (ISBC), Range 34

The challenging 1,000 meter course is designed to allow units to customize their start point and scheme of maneuver depending on their training needs.  Features include: two landing zones, one moving armor target, six moving infantry targets, two trench obstacles, six stationary armor targets, 20 stationary infantry targets and five machine gun/observation bunkers (with sound effects simulator).  All targets are fully automated.

Virtual training on techniques and procedures during squad offensive operations can be done using Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2).  Additional virtual weapon training is available using the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) and Fire Arms Training System (FATS), please see the section on Virtual Training.

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Live Fire Shoot House, Range 32

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Structure Collapse Site

Constructed in 2011, this unique site supports training for search and rescue in disaster situations.  It is specially constructed to simulate the challenges that recovery crews will face in the real world.  Crews can breach concrete with saws to extract victims and even rappel down a destroyed elevator shaft to seek out casualties trapped in the rubble.  It's an excellent training site for Homeland Response Force teams and other emergency rescue personnel.  The site incorporates all of the features that are required for collapsed structure training and had several enhancements such as school buses, and silos and shafts for conducting confined space operations.  Our facility is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and will provide units with unique and challenging training opportunities.

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Third World Villages, Range 39

Simulating an economically disadvantaged community, FTIG’s three villages are constructed of modified shipping containers.  They offer an ideal setting to train on urban close-combat operations like those encountered in a deployed environment.  The sites are currently under contract to be further improved with realistic facades on the containers to simulate various structures such as school houses, clinics hospitals, jails, animal pens, houses, mosques and butcher shops allowing for realistic shoot/don’t shoot training.  Bivouac areas are located nearby.

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Urban Assault Course (UAC), Range 31

This $2.4 million course is designed to train Soldiers in squad- and platoon-sized elements in urban fighting techniques.  The 28-acre facility consists of five stations: (1) individual and team trainer,(2) squad and platoon trainer, (3) grenadier gunnery range, (4) urban offense/defense building, (5) an underground trainer.  Rappelling is allowed on station four.  Force on force use is permitted.  Human Urban Targets are available for use.  Virtual training for small teams and platoon elements in urban tactics can be done using Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2), additional training on shoot/don’t shoot scenarios can be done on the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST), please see the section on Virtual Training for more details.

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