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Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR)

The Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) provides the largest overland safety footprint available in the Department of Defense (DoD) for aircrew training and weapons testing. It supports training customers with capabilities for air-to-ground, air-to-air, and ground force exercises.

The 388th Range Squadron operates and maintains the UTTR. The squadron provides responsive open-air training and test services that support day-to-day training, large force training exercises, and large footprint weapons testing. The 388th Range Squadron provides key functions and capabilities required for range support of Air Force operational test and training programs. This includes range infrastructure systems, equipment, software, targets, facilities, data processing and display, land and airspace, security, and safety.

The UTTR is located in north-western Utah and eastern Nevada. It is contained within the Great Salt Lake Desert, approximately 70 miles west of Salt Lake City. Mission Control facilities are located off-range at Hill Air Force Base (AFB). The UTTR is characterized by variable desert terrain that includes undulating sand dunes, mountains rising abruptly from the desert floor, and rolling hills building up to mountain ranges.

The UTTR also has the largest overland contiguous block of supersonic authorized restricted airspace in the continental United States. Chaff and flares are authorized over much of this area. The airspace, situated over 2,624 square miles, is Air Force owned. The remainder is owned and managed by the US Army at Dugway Proving Ground. Airspace boundaries do not necessarily coincide with the boundaries of the DoD land beneath this airspace.

Restricted airspace is divided into "working sectors" to permit efficient scheduling and safe use of different parts of the range at the same time. These divisions were made in cooperation with the principal range users and were designed to meet their needs while permitting more extensive use of the range. Whenever possible, sector boundaries coincide with natural features readily distinguishable from the air.

 



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