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El Centro Complex

The Special Use Airspace [SUA] resources located adjacent to NAF El Centro are extremely valuable to Navy and Marine Corps units in the area. In the 1994 update of Project Blue Air, reference was made of the concern of the Range Management office as to the lack of radar coverage of Restricted Areas and MOAs in the area. The Marine Corps has acknowledged these concerns and plan to site a surveillance radar on or adjacent to the airfield at El Centro and remote the surveillance information into the Range/Air Traffic Control facility at MCAS Yuma. This action is viewed as an example of responsible stewardship of delegated airspace, and will facilitate the transition from manual to radar surveillance and control thus increasing flight safety for participating and nonparticipating aircraft.

The El Centro Complex is located in Southern California's Imperial Valley near the Salton Sea, approximately 65 NMI east of San Diego, CA. The complex is considered part of the Southern California (SOCAL) (Inland) complex. The El Centro Complex is composed of the following target and instrumented areas:

  • Target 101 "Shade Tree" (R-2510)
  • Target 103 "Loom Lobby" (R-2510)
  • Target 68 "Inkey Barley" (R-2512)

The following are targets, Military Operating Area (MOA), Air Traffic Control Airspace (ATCAA), and parachute drop zones associated with the El Centro complex:

  • Target 95 "Kitty Baggage" (R-2512)
  • Kane East-West-South MOA/ATCAA
  • Bullhead, Camelot, Superstition Drop Zones (R-2510)



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