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Mobile Land Target Complex and Associated Training

The Navy is proposing to construct a mobile land target complex and train on this area to be located within existing boundaries of the Naval Air Facility El Centro Range Complex. The Navy is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposal. 

The proposed mobile land target complex would include a target system, a simulated urban area to enhance realism, rotary aircraft landing pads, a fast rope area for insertion and extraction of personnel or medical evacuation training exercises, and an operations center.

The proposed mobile land target complex, a target system, a simulated urban area, rotary aircraft landing pads, a fast rope area, and an operations center.

A mobile land target is an autonomous moving target system comprised of an all-terrain global positioning system navigation/command and control system guided vehicle that pulls a sled, which acts as a target, on an oval track.

The mobile land target system comprised of an autonomous vehicle that pulls a sled, on an oval track.


Currently, there are no adequate mobile land target training facilities in the southwestern United States to meet all aircrew training requirements. Improved capabilities on the Naval Air Facility El Centro Range Complex would:

•  Provide the realistic training environment needed for aircrews to identify and engage moving targets.

•  Ensure aircrews are able to obtain sufficient training to meet requirements and maintain proficiency.

•  Create greater training and scheduling efficiencies.

The Navy will analyze a no action alternative and action alternatives for constructing the mobile land target complex and training on it. Environmental resource areas to be analyzed in the EA include air quality, cultural resources, biological resources, hazardous waste, geology and geography, and public health and safety.

The Draft EA will be posted on this website when available for public review and comment. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Naval Air Facility El Centro Public Affairs Office at 760-339-2673 or



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