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Fort Indiantown Gap is the nation's premier National Guard Training facility.  With our numerous training ranges and facilities, we offer unparalleled full-spectrum combat training opportunities for Combat Arms, Combat Support and Combat Service Support units.  We remain the only National Guard installation in the country to successfully integrate live, virtual and constructive gaming into a training package for assured success.

We pride ourselves on our outstanding, commander centric customer service -As the "Warrior Training Grounds", we are not successful until your training event is. Additional training opportunities are available through our tenant organizations.  Please see the section on Tenant Training Organizations.

Call FTIG Range Operations at (717) 861-2152/2153 for a training consultation.  Our training design team is one of the best in the National Guard and the nation; our mission is to support you in meeting your commander's intent and maximizing your training time in the high-optempo contemporary operating environment.


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Click here for a listing and diagrams of Fort Indiantown Gap Ranges
Click here for a listing of Fort Indiantown Gap Training Areas
Click here for a listing of Miscellaeneous Training Facilities at Fort Indiantown Gap


Training and Maneuver Corridor

FTIG’s 11,000 acre training corridor is located between two Appalachian Mountains, Blue Mountain and Second Mountain, reaching 600 to 700 feet above mean sea level.  The location provides a self-contained training area with minimum training distractions. Its protected location makes it ideal for live fire training. Some 120 miles of roads and trails, well-suited for wheeled and tracked vehicles, run throughout the corridor and its training areas.

Fifty training areas are located throughout the corridor and are suitable for bivouac, maneuver, vehicle training, unit tactics, convoy training and other customized training focusing on training realism. FTIG Range Operations is committed to working with unit commanders to develop realistic and targeted training plans for each unit.  Multiple training areas may be linked to create large corridors for lanes training.  Training areas are approved for pyrotechnics and for small arms weapons (blank fire).


Fixed Training Sites

Fort Indiantown Gap has made significant investments to develop realistic and contemporary training sites for a variety of unit training requirements.  The installation is constantly improving and investing in the training facilities. For more information, call FTIG Range Operations (717) 861-2152/2153 where our experienced staff can assist you in executing your training.

Bridge Training Site

Ideal for engineer training, the site has prepared abutments for either 30- or 60-foot dry spans.

Drop Zones

Fort Indiantown Gap is capable of supporting airborne operations with three designated drop zones.  Two drop zones are suitable for equipment and the other is authorized for personnel.

Helicopter Landing Zones/Pickup Zones (PZ)

Fort Indiantown Gap supports air insertion and air assault operations. Along with designated locations throughout the post, helicopter landings are allowed in nearly any open areas deemed safe by the flight crew and FTIG Range Operations. This flexibility allows units to create realistic and targeted training scenarios.

Land Navigation

FTIG offers three, 16-point challenging dismounted courses. Each course has a variety of different scenarios created.  Mounted land navigation may be done in the training corridor with prior coordination with FTIG Range Operations.

Leadership Reaction Course

Develop and evaluate leadership with the 16-station facility.

Mine Detection

The mine detection site is designed to train Soldiers on proper mine detection and neutralization.

Muir Army Airfield

Capable of supporting both fixed wing and rotary aircraft training, Fort Indiantown Gap’s Muir Army Airfield is the second busiest Army heliport in the nation and the 6th busiest airport in Pennsylvania.  The unique location of Muir Army Airfield–with its close proximity to prime tactical training areas, local area instrument training environment and restricted airspace – is the base of operations for a wide variety of rotary wing, fixed wing, and unmanned aerial systems. Aviation units safely execute more than 100,000 movements each year from Muir.

Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) Chambers

Fort Indiantown Gap has five chambers suitable for training units on their protective equipment.

Obstacle Course

Used to build esprit de corps, unit cohesion and physical stamina, Fort Indiantown Gap offers an 11 station obstacle course.

Rope Bridge

Build teamwork by constructing a rope bridge over Shuey Lake.  Boats are available from MWR for this training.

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Facility

Our Shadow UAS facility, located just east of Muir Army Airfield, consists of a building and a runway able to support launch and recovery operations.  Aircraft are able to transition from national airspace to restricted special use airspace to conduct flight operations. The installation has ample restricted airspace to support flight operations as well as manned-unmanned teaming.  Due to runway orientation, the facility can only support landing in one direction at the current time.

Virtual training on the Shadow is available on the Shadow Crew Trainer (SCT) please see the section on virtual training for more information.

Water Purification

Units may set-up ROWPU equipment next to Shuey Lake and conduct water purification training on-site.


Ranges

More than $13 million has been invested in our ranges over the last three years.  The ranges at Fort Indiantown Gap are able to accommodate small arms through aerial bombing training runs. We employ a top-notch range maintenance section and as a result the reliability of our targetry out on the ranges is second to none.   The range system has both specialized ranges, allowing operators to sharpen their skills and multipurpose ranges which maximize training time by decreasing logistical constraints. Nearly all of our ranges come equipped with towers, PA systems, latrines and break areas.  Units may schedule ranges by calling one of the training professionals at FTIG Range Operations (717) 861-2152/2153 or through RFMSS https://rfmss.belvoir.army.mil  

Automated Target System (ATS)

FTIG provides multiple ranges on different weapons platforms with electronic targetry and computer scoring including: standard M-16, pistol qualification, our new sniper range and machine gun ranges.

Individual Weapons System

We offer numerous ranges suitable for, zero, qualification and familiarization on pistols, rifles, and shotguns including ranges 03, 05A, 07, 08Q, 08Z, 09Q, 09Z, 10Z, 11Q, 13, 13A, 14, 14A, 15, and 16.   Automated scoring and NBC fire and night fire are also available on most of the qualification ranges.

Additionally, specialized ranges are available to support the following types of training short range marksmenship-Range 05, combat pistol manual control lifter TGTS-Range 4, military police qualification-Range 17 and Range 06 suitable for live-fire shoot and move and offensive and defensive field firing. Known distance ranges are located at Range 08A and Range 12A.

Virtual training is also available for individual weapons systems on the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) and Fire Arms Training System (FATS) please see the section on Virtual Training.

Sniper/Unit Marksmen

The $2.9 million Range 37 was completed in 2008.  The range offers 1,000 meter known distance (KD) range with a remote enhanced targeting system that allows for both 5.56 and 7.62 ammunition.

Crew Served

Fort Indiantown Gap’s Range 35, multipurpose machine gun range, is an automated range out to 800 meters for the M-240, M-249, or M-60 zero and qualification.  Range 36, completed in 2007 at a cost of $4.3 million provides automated scoring for M-2 zero and qualification.  Familiarization on crew served weapons is allowed on some of the multipurpose ranges.

Virtual training is also available for crew served weapons systems on the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) and Fire Arms Training System (FATS) for more information please see the section on Virtual Training.

Hand Grenades/Grenade Launcher

The newly constructed Range 36 offers automated scoring and qualification for the MK-19. Range 23D is a familiarization and qualification range for the M203 grenade launcher.   A hand grenade qualification course is also available.

Virtual training is also available for the MK-19 and M-203 weapons systems on the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) and Fire Arms Training System (FATS) for more information please see the section on Virtual Training.

Explosives/Demolition Sites

Engineers and other units can train on the designated sites Demo B, C, D, or can hone their skills at the Live Fire Breach Exercise facility, please see the section on Collective and Urban Operations Training Sites for more information.

Anti-Tank Weapons Systems

Fort Indiantown Gap supports the following weapon systems on the following ranges:  AT4, LAW, SMAW, on Range 23C, Inert TOW on Range 24B, and the Javelin on Range 38.    Tables available vary based on weapon system.

Indirect Fire

The installation supports live artillery and mortar fire in the range corridor, including the Paladin weapons system. The FO Bunker allows units to observe and call in indirect fire at danger-close ranges.  Multiple firing points are available.

Virtual training on artillery and mortar is available on the Call for Fire Trainer (CFFT),  please see the section on Virtual Training for more information.

Aerial Gunnery

Range 23 Door is dedicated to air to ground live fire training on M-60D and AH-1 Helicopters using 7.62mm MG, 20mm TP, 30mm TP and 2.75” inert rocket.

Virtual training on aviation attack missions is available for pilots on the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT), please see the section on Virtual Training for more information.

Close Air Support

Joint Operations may be coordinated with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard for air to ground bombing within the impact area.  Coordinate with FTIG Range Operations.

Virtual training on close air support is available on the Call for Fire Trainer (CFFT), please see the section on Virtual Training for more information.


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 https://rfmss.belvoir.army.mil  

Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF), Range 30 

The CACTF offers a unique training opportunity for units looking to sharpen their skills on entering, clearing and controlling multiple buildings at once. The facility is designed to provide a realistic, responsive and flexible training environment and is ideal for combined asset training opportunities such as infantry, engineer with aviation support.   Fast roping from helicopters is permitted and an LZ is located on-site.

The CACTF is comprised of a 1KM complete urban environment including road network, 12 buildings and tunnels/sewer systems. Capabilities include: low light cameras, Human Urban Targets (HUT), sound effects, external lighting, external cameras, break away doors and line hook-ups on buildings for rappelling.  Simulated munitions such as pyrotechnics, CCMK, blanks, and demo munitions are approved for use. A full-time designated staff is available to support your training event.

The CACTF was created to allow for rapid AARs to improve war fighting techniques. A complete AAR facility is on-site.

Virtual training for combat teams in combined arms operations can be done using a simulated urban environment in Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2), please see the section on Virtual Training for more details.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Live Fire Shoot House, Range 32

Designed to train on live-fire room and building clearing techniques, this two story enclosed shoot house has 11 rooms, and is capable of supporting dry, blank and live fire training.  The facility is completely interactive, reconfigurable and customizable with cameras, microphones, movable walls, programmable Human Urban Targets (HUTs) and speakers to broadcast battlefield effects. The facility has a complete AAR theater with live-video feed and recording capabilities allowing for on the spot corrections and technique improvement. Contractors can produce an edited take-home DVD of the training. 

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. 

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.

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.


Virtual Training

Home to one of the most comprehensive and largest virtual training sites in the Army, Fort Indiantown Gap’s Digital Training Campus, located in Area 5, serves as the central location for all simulators and simulation based training devices. FTIG is the only installation in the Army to successfully integrate live-virtual-constructive gaming. Advantages to using devices as a stand-alone trainer or in conjunction with our training areas include the ability to cut down or eliminate logistical constraints and a nearly infinite number of times a scenario can be repeated.  For more information on our virtual training opportunities call one of the virtual training professionals at (717) 861-9775 for more information.

Engagement Skills Trainer (EST)

The EST is designed to simulate small arms firing.  Soldiers manipulate and fire demilled and reconfigured weapons at a wall sized screen which is able to project a variety of scenes and scenarios. The EST 2000 is the only small arms training system validated by the U.S. Army Infantry School.  The EST provides initial and sustainment marksmanship training, static unit collective gunnery and tactical training, and shoot/don’t shoot training. The EST 2000 can train up to 10 Soldiers simultaneously, depending on the type of training.

Many units use the EST for initial marksmanship training prior to using one of the live ranges in order to save resources.  For more information on Fort Indiantown Gap’s ranges please see the section on Ranges.

Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS)

The Fire Arms Training System-V is an indoor, multipurpose, multilane, small arms training simulator.   Soldiers manipulate and fire demilled weapons at a wall sized screen projecting a variety of scenes and scenarios.  A key difference between the EST and the FATS is the ability of the FATS to conduct offensive operations. The FATS is able to simulate squad collective gunnery and tactical tasks for defensive, offensive and ambush missions, in addition to marksmanship training.  The FATS system can train up to 12 personnel simultaneously, depending on the type of training.

Stryker Mobile Gun System Advanced Gunnery Training System (MGS-AGTS)

The MGS-AGTS is a gunnery training simulator for vehicle commander/gunner teams for the Stryker MGS vehicle.  It features a high-fidelity crew compartment replicating the vehicle’s turret and fire control system in both physical and functional aspects.  The MGS-AGTS presents the vehicle commander and gunner with a full range of simulated engagement situations.  This system is capable of networking to provide section, platoon and company collective gunnery training.  AAR capability is provided for exercise management.

Call for Fire Trainer (CFFT)

The CFFT provides simulated battlefield scenarios for the training of field artillery forward observer tasks and close air support with attack helicopters and naval gunfire.  The CFFT consists of stadium seating with synched computers and can hold up to 30 students.  The trainer is able to simulate artillery, naval gunfire, close air support and mortar fires on a variety of stationary and moving targets.  

Many units use this trainer for munitions affects, terrain scenes, moving targets and target scenarios that are not practical in garrison or training areas and/or prior to conducting live fire on the ranges or training corridor.  For more information on artillery and close air support ranges please see the section on Ranges.

Virtual Combat Operations Trainer (VCOT)

The VCOT provides realistic training for combat convoys through the streets of Baghdad, National Training Center, or the Fort Knox MOUNT site.  The VCOT consists of four paired driver and gunner crew stations and a vehicle commander’s station that are synched to provide a realistic convoy training environment. Each driver’s station comes with controls for steering, transmission gear selection, brake and accelerator pedals and parking brake.  The driver’s station provides a view of the virtual battlefield using flat panel displays. Each gunner station consists of a ring-mounted .50 caliber heavy barrel machine gun.  The gunner views the battlefield through a 360 degree helmet-mounted display.   The VCOT ensures that Soldiers are trained to anticipate ambushes and other insurgent actions from all possible directions by allowing the crew to observe, maneuver, and fire their weapons through a full 360-degree range.  A complete AAR facility is available on-site.  This is a portable device and can be used at locations other than FTIG. 

Units conduct training on this device alone or as a train-up to our IED-D Home Station Training Lane, please see the section on Urban and Collective Sites for more details.

Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT)

The CCTT supports maneuver training of armor, mechanized infantry, cavalry, transportation, and recon units from platoon through company level and is able, with prior coordination, train at the battalion level.  The system provides simulated gunnery ranges for both M1/ M2 crews.  The primary training audience operates from both full-crew simulators and mock-up or real command posts. Simulators have sufficient fidelity for individuals and crews to accomplish their collective missions. Simulators replicate the Abrams and Bradley Fighting vehicles.

The system is equipped with the latest Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) in support of training the digital force. This ensures effective simulation within a combined arms training environment that encompasses daylight, night, multiple weather conditions and with multiple terrain options (desert, urban, wooded and mountainous).

CCTT is interoperable with the Aviation Combined Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) and the Battle Command Training Center (BCTC).This ensures effective simulation within a combined arms training environment that encompasses daylight, night and multiple weather conditions and with multiple terrain options (desert, urban, wooded and mountainous). This is a portable device and can be used at locations other than FTIG. 

Operator Driver Simulator (ODS)

The ODS trains Soldiers how to safely drive vehicles in the Army inventory including M-939 five-ton truck, Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), M-1074 PLS Truck, M-915 Truck, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT), M-911 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) with trailers.  The simulator consists of a cab configured with steering wheel, pedals and dashboard controls of the vehicle being simulated. The operator drives the vehicle while looking at a 180-degree screen.  The simulator provides realistic feedback to the driver through sensory means, such as the vibrations of the cab or steering wheel in addition to the image on the screen.  The ODS is able to model a variety of weather effects and driving conditions in most foreign areas of operations including Afghanistan, as well as Iraq.  This is a portable device and can be used at locations other than FTIG. 

Many units conduct training on this device alone or in conjunction with a driver certification course or master driver course.  Following the training on the ODS, units conduct their driver training throughout the corridor. Please see the section Training and Maneuver corridor for more details.

Common Driver Trainer (CDT)

The CDT trains Soldiers how to operate vehicles in the Stryker family and on a variety of MRAP configurations. The CDT is composed of a simulated vehicle cab mounted on a motion platform and an instructor operator station.  The instructor is capable of selecting a visual scene, viewing the scene, introducing malfunctions and emergency control situations, and monitoring each Soldier's performance and providing recorded AAR feedback.

Many units conduct training on this device alone or in conjunction with a driver certification course or master driver course.  Following the training on the ODS, units conduct their driver training throughout the corridor. Please see the section Training and Maneuver corridor for more details.

HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT)

The HEAT is intended to provide training to Soldiers on the effects of rollover and to conduct drills that will provide the skills to react properly during a rollover and/ or egress situation in an up-armored High-Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The HEAT also trains Soldiers on the critical rollover angles of up-armored HMMWVs and non up-armored HMMWVs. It is also capable of training for dry land and water rollovers. The simulator is a modified HMMWV mounted on a platform allowing the HMMWV to be rotated a full 360 degrees.  The device reinforces the importance of seat positioning, wearing seatbelts, demonstrating the feeling of being disoriented and the actual effort required to execute rollover procedures.  The trainer allows individuals and crews to rehearse and physically execute the necessary steps required to survive a vehicle rollover, without requiring the use of an actual vehicle.

Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Egress Trainer (MRAP MET)

The MRAP MET is a training system designed to support egress training and provide vehicle crew members the confidence needed to safely egress from vehicles in the event of a rollover.  The MRAP MET also trains Soldiers on the critical rollover angles of various versions of the MRAP. It is also capable of training for dry land and water rollovers. The simulator is a modified vehicle mounted on a platform allowing for a full 360 degree rotation.  All MRAP MET system vehicle variants consist of a simulated vehicle cab, Instructor/Operator Station (IOS), visual monitoring system, and two-way speaker system.  The instructor is capable of conducting crew training, introducing malfunctions and emergency egress situations, monitoring each trainee’s performance and providing AAR feedback.

Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT)

AVCATT is a mobile, transportable, multi-station virtual simulation device designed to support unit collective and combined arms training. AVCATT provides six two-man, cockpits that are re-configurable to any combination of attack, reconnaissance, lift and/or cargo helicopters. AVCATT is a mobile system that provides training for aircrews deploying in support of overseas contingency operations. AVCATT is interoperable with a variety of simulators including the Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) and the Battle Command Training Center (BCTC).

Shadow Crew Trainer (SCT)

SCT is a mission simulator that provides platoon level sustainment training for the lightweight, rapidly deployable, short-range airborne reconnaissance system that gives the battlefield commander a day/night multisensory intelligence collection system. The SCT provides training positions for the air vehicle operator, payload operator, launch and recovery crew, staff/leader station, instructor operator station and interactive multimedia instruction.

Units use this trainer as a stand-alone device or in conjunction with our Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Facility for more information; please see the section on Fixed Training Sites.

Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2)

VBS2 is a fully interactive, gaming system providing high definition training and a premium synthetic environment suitable for a wide range of military training and experimentation purposes for up to 45 personnel.  The personnel training utilize laptops and off the shelf technology networked together to create the element size required. 

VBS2 incorporates a high-fidelity virtual environment, scenario and mission editors, after action review and a powerful development suite. Soldiers move in a shared, immersive, first-person environment that supports mounted and dismounted operations.

The system provides ground and air vehicles, small arms and vehicle mounted weapons, communications, and interactive opposing forces of the contemporary operational environment, including improvised explosive devices.

War-fighters learn to anticipate and respond to tactical situations by practicing existing and developing tactics, techniques and procedures. Trainers and leaders use VBS2 to rehearse tactical missions and conduct after action reviews of training sessions using easy-to-use authoring tools integrated in the simulation.

Battle Command Training Center (BCTC)

The BCTC trains battle staff on a variety of collective tasks. The heart of the BCTC is the Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability-Entity Resolution Federation (JLCCTC-ERF), which is a federation of constructive Distributed Interactive Simulations (DIS) and other state-of-the-art-technology that, collectively, stimulate and simulate military operations. It uses information produced by the simulations to stimulate command, control communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems in a unit's tactical operations center.  State-of-the-art simulator capabilities include: rotary wing, small arms, tank, Janus (combat infantry simulation), and convoy trainers.

JLCCTC-ERF facilitates battle staff collective training by requiring the staff to react to incoming digital information while executing the commander's tactical plan. The targeted training audience is brigade and battalion battle staffs, including functional command post training and full command post training. 

JLCCTC-ERF also supports the Joint Deployment Logistics Model (JDLM) that simulates all aspects of the Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration (RSOI) process associated with the deployment and redeployment of forces (including personnel, equipment, and supplies) into, from, and within a theater of operations.

JLCCTC-ERF includes an entity-based ground maneuver model (JCATS 6.0), a fire support model (FIRESIMXXI) and an air defense model (EADSIM) that provides ground and airborne air defense, tactical ballistic missile defense, ground and airborne target acquisition and intelligence gathering, and fixed and rotary wing aviation models. JLCCTC-ERF incorporates an integrated AAR support capability

The training is ideal for staff elements wishing to train realistically without the logistical constraints of deploying a division, brigade, or battalion.

Deployed Digital Training Campus (DDTC)

The DDTC is used to conduct training to deployed Soldiers on location. The DDTC gives units and Soldiers access to web-based, collaborative simulations based training, and video tele training. An example of a DDTC system procurement consists of four units consisting of 20 laptop computers with VTT capability per system. The system links with computer networks by using the network control center’s 9-meter (30 foot) satellite antenna with satellite linkage to a mobile dish Video Satellite (VSAT). The DDTC allows the Army to broadcast Distance Learning Site (DLS) training to multiple units in multiple locations at the same time from one instructional platform.


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