Falcon Bombing Range Operations and Maintenance Services
HDR has been onsite for over six years with no aircraft denied their range period due to contractor performance. HDR provides day to day range operations services; from opening/closing the range, communicating with Range Control, managing training events, to scoring and emergency management, the HDR range technicians have consistently ensured safe and efficient range operations.
Falcon Range, like many established ranges, does not offer the ideal location for the Range Control Officer (RCO) to monitor low angle strafe operations with respect to the cease fire line. To address the issue of not having the Main Tower co-located with the cease fire line (the Main Tower is located 1.5 nautical miles, or 2.8 kilometers, from the cease fire line), the HDR staff researched and devised a system of off-the shelf equipment using a remote camera that is elevated and placed in the ideal position to allow real-time views of the cease fire line to the RCO. This enhances range safety and provides RCOs with the ability to monitor the safety of strafe operations.
The HDR staff at Falcon Range worked with the DoD lead contractor to install and operate the latest scoring technology. HDR staff performs all scoring activities for the RCO by operating the scoring cameras and computer console. After the mission is complete, HDR provides the scores to the using unit via email/fax. HDR also employs full time UXO Technicians to ensure UXO safety during all range activities. They conduct UXO identification, removal, demilitarization (as necessary), and recycling.
To ensure the use of most up-to-date targets the HDR staff interact with and gather information from recent returnees from current combat areas of operations. Based on their input, we construct realistic targets for a relevant training environment. A recent example is our Laser Training Area where we constructed a simulated Middle Eastern city that includes a mosque. The entire construction was built using onsite available materials.
Our staff performs all activities necessary to ensure the continued operations of the range. This includes erosion protection of roads and facilities, road maintenance, equipment and vehicle control and usage, hazardous materials management, and communications/electronics (telephone, radio, and electronic warfare assets) management and control.