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MIL-HDBK-1027/3B
4.5
Multipurpose Target Range. The multipurpose target range is used
for training in conventional dive bombing, high-altitude dive bombing, glide
bombing, strafing, and in firing air-to-ground 2.75 (FFAR) folding fin
aircraft rocket, or 5.0 FFAR Zuni rockets.  Inert training weapons are
normally used with small charges to facilitate spotting.  See Facility Plate
No. 179-10, Sheets 5 and 6, for Multipurpose Target Lunges.
4.5.1
Site.  The range shall consist of a restricted area with a minimum
radius of 5 mi (8.5 km) and a surface impact area with a radius of 1-1/2 mi
(2.41 km) in the center. See Facility Plate No. 179-10, Sheet 6, for
Multipurpose Range.
4.5.2
Targets.  Provide a clear area having a radius Of 1,500 ft
(457.2 m), with the aiming point as its center. The aiming point shall be a
solid white circular area on the ground with a radius of 10 ft (3.05 m).
There shall be a method of illuminating the aiming point for night training.
The area shall be fully visible from the control tower and spotting towers.
See Facility Plate No. 179-10, Sheet 7, for Multipurpose Target and Facility
Plate No. 179-10, Sheet a, for Alternate Multipurpose Target. For an
alternate rocket target, see Facility Plate No, 179-10, Sheet 10.
4.5.3
Initial Points. Depending on local requirements, initial points of
aim shall be either fixed or mobile.  When visual reference is necessary, the
point shall be elevated above any vegetation or obstruction so as to be
clearly visible to approaching pilots for a distance of 5 mi (8.5 km).  Each
range shall have available a supply of both radar-reflective and nonreflective
initial points.
4.5.4
Flight Path Markers. The flight path may be marked at 500 ft
(152.4 m) intervals for 3,000 ft (914.4 m) on either side of the aiming point.
The markers may be 5 sq ft (0.46 sq m) whitewashed rock or three, painted,
earth-filled oil drums lashed together.
Control Tower. The control tower shall conform to the requirements
4.5.5
for the strafing range control tower.  Locate the tower a minimum of 4,000 ft
(1219.2 m) (6,000 ft (1828.8 m) is desirable) from the aiming point and on a.
line projected through the aiming point perpendicular to the primary run-in
line.
4.5.6
Spotting Towers. The spotting towers shall meet the same
requirements as the control tower regarding elevation, vision, and weather
protection.  Criteria for spotting towers requirements are described in paras
4.9.6.1 and 4.5.6.2.
4.5.6.1
Air-to-Ground Range. Two spotting towers for the rocket range will
be located on a line perpendiiular to and 1,500 ft (457.2 m) on each side, of
the flight path.  The perpendicular line will be located 1,500 ft ahead of the
target.
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