Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT October-December 2011 Contents 58 Army AL&T Magazine
On May 31, the Repub-
lic of Korea, Land of the
Morning Calm, awoke to
a new era in armor gun-
nery training. Korea's Rodriguez Live
Fire Complex (RLFC) was transformed
from a legacy gunnery range to a new,
world-class facility with two digitally
This modern complex now touts a Digital
Multi-Purpose Training Range (DMPTR)
and a Digital Multi-Purpose Range Com-
plex (DMPRC). These ranges provide
technologically enhanced digital capa-
bilities with distinct range modifications,
which improve doctrinal training.
In the words of 2nd Infantry Division
(2ID) Commander MG Michael S. Tucker,
"This technology allows us to achieve high-
performing 'killer crews' in half the time
required when using non-digital ranges."
In early March 2010, Tucker challenged
the Program Executive Office Simula-
tion, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO
STRI) to modernize his combat vehicle
ranges. Real-world events accelerated
the fielding to 2ID of the Army's new-
est Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting
Vehicles, the M1A2 System Enhancement
Package (SEP) v2 and the M2A3 Bradley.
The existing Eighth Army ranges, however,
were inadequate to maximize the poten-
tial of the newest digital combat vehicles.
PEO STRI assigned the urgent require-
ment to the Product Manager Digitized
Training (PdM DT), the team responsible
for developing and fielding the Army's
Digital Range Training System (DRTS).
Meeting the urgent need was initially rated
a high risk. The DRTS Program was faced
with executing two unanticipated, major
range upgrades under the constraints of an
OCONUS location within eight months.
Adding to the complexity of the proj-
ect was the requirement to work jointly
with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(USACE) Far East District and associated
contractors in making extensive physical
range changes at the same time that instru-
mentation and testing were set to occur.
The two legacy RLFC analog ranges were
not capable of meeting the expanded
requirements of the Army's newest tanks
and Bradleys. The ranges also lacked
the tools needed for quality after-action
reviews (AARs). The smaller Multi-Purpose
Training Range was equipped with Targetry
Range Automated Control and Recording,
but the system was not optimal because
of information assurance constraints
unique to Korea. The Multi-Purpose
Range Complex was even further behind
technologically, with rudimentary target
controllers and outdated field cameras.
Additionally, it lacked the capability to view
and record Thru-Sight Video in real time.
The technical solution to the 2ID's urgent
training need was logically found in the
inherent capabilities of DRTS, which is
a live-fire gunnery and tactical training
support system. DRTS provides the capa-
bility to train, evaluate, and stress today's
Soldiers and their modern equipment
with a realistic, train-as-you-fight opera-
The instrumentation suite includes con-
trol consoles to digitally plan and control
live-fire Abrams, Bradleys, aviation assets,
and Strykers with dismounted infantry
training. The integrated software executes
the training scenarios through the Sce-
nario Development Tool.
DRTS uses the onboard Integrated Player
Unit (IPU) with third-generation Internet
Protocol technology to wirelessly stream
data including the vehicle's location, audio,
Thru-Sight/crew video, and digital 1553
data buss information (for trigger pulls/
ammo select/turret azimuth/elevation).
The IPU is mounted on the vehicle's exte-
rior and retransmits vehicle data using a
wireless mesh infrastructure to the Range
Operations Center. The latest IPU accom-
plishes this data transmission requirement
at reduced cost and installation time com-
pared with earlier versions.
CONFIGURING THE RANGE
The Rodriguez Range Multi-Purpose Range Complex is shown in its original configuration before
the installation of the Digital Range Training System and changes to the lanes and battle positions.
READY, AIM, UPGRADE
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