Soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., will hone their battle skills on a new combat-realistic firing range to be completed in March 2013, courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District.
Construction began recently on a $5.9 million automated, multipurpose machine gun range with six firing points, 12 stationary armor targets, 108 stationary infantry targets and 24 moving infantry targets. Computer-assisted combat scenarios and scoring add realism to the training, according to Bill Edwards, installation range officer at Fort Bragg.
“They will be using the M249 squad automatic weapon (SAW), M110 semi-automatic sniper system and the M2 MG,” Edwards said.
“All targets are fully automated and the event-specific target scenario is computer-driven and scored from the tower,” he said. “The range operating system is fully capable of providing immediate performance feedback to the using participants.”
Other facilities will include a range operations tower, general instruction building, operations and storage building, bleacher enclosure, covered mess facility, ammunitions breakdown building and vault latrine. Site improvements and associate range power and communications will be included in the