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MIL-HDBK-1027/3B
4.7.3
Initial Points. Initial points of approach may be prominent
landmarks.  Redar-reflective initial points may be used recording to local
range requirements in lieu of, or in addition to, these landmarks (fixed or
mobile).
4.7.4
Control Tower. The control tower shall conform to the requirements
for the Strafing Range Control Tower (SRCT). Locate the control tower on the
shoreline, a minimum of 3,000 ft (924 a) outside the surface danger area and
as close as practicable to the midpoint of the length of the area.
4.7.5
Spotting Towers. Locate the spotting towers on the shoreline a
minimum of 3,000 ft (914 m) outside the surface danger area and as close as
practical to opposite ends of the longer dimension of the area. The spotting
towers shall meet the same requirements as the strafing range control tower
regarding elevation, visibility, and weather protection.
4.7.6
Equipment. The equipment required for the control tower and
spotting towers shall be the same as that specified for the High-altitude
Level-bombing Range (refer to para 4.4).
4.7.7
Small Boat Dock. If the range is located in a remote area, a small
boat dock may be required for one or more 45 ft (13.72 m) picket boats.  Refer
to MIL-HDBK-1025/6, General Criteria for Waterfront Construction.
4.8
Close Air Support and Combat Training Area.  A live ordnance Impact
area is used for close air support training with live ordnance of various
types, including high explosives, air-to-ground guided missiles, napalm bombs,
and parachute flares.
4.8.1
Site. The range shall have a restricted area keeping other aircraft
out with a minimum radius of 25 nautical ml.  A rectangular surface-impact
area of 16 x 20 nautical miles shall be located in the center of the
restricted area.  See Facility Plate No. 179-10, Sheet 23, for layout.
4.8.1.1 Description.  Training ares will include remotely controlled pop-up,
vehicle silhouette targets, and scored fire suppression strafing burners. The
actual size pop-up targets should be consumables constructed of locally
procured materials reproduced from centrally distributed patterns. The
targets and pop-up operating mechanism should be mobile for redeployment
within six hours.  The pop-up mechanism should be buried and only the actuator
arm(S) exposed to direct fire, inert practice ordnance (5.56 to S in.
FFAR/155).  Fire suppression/strafing banners should be scored, fixed sites.
The banners should allow scoring over a 150 degree arc. This engagement
latitude is necessary to properly score attack helicopter running fire
(aircraft flight path different from turret firing direction), attack aircraft
strafing engagements as well as suppressing fire from ground convoys and
helicopter door gunners.
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