New indoor live-fire training range for Canadian forces to open

23 November 2018 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2018 11:17)

Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) will install a new modular indoor live-fire training range for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

New indoor live-fire training range for Canadian forces to open
Main entrance of the Canadian Army’s CFB Kingston base in Ontario, Canada. Credit: P199.

Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) will install a new modular indoor live-fire training range for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

The new 25m training range will be opened at the army-operated Joint Task Force X (JTF X) facility, located at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston in Ontario.

The indoor facility will offer lane live-firing capabilities at fixed targets and simulated moving targets, as well as other simulated operational scenarios requiring a quick response.

These exercises will enable members of the JTF X facility to maintain proficiency in firing small arms such as 9mm pistols.

JTF X commanding officer lieutenant colonel Mark Mahood said: “The addition of the modular indoor range to the JTF X facility is another step in providing the unit with a self-contained, secure training area here at home.

“Our government is ensuring that the women and men of our CAF are provided with the tools and equipment they need.”

“The range allows JTF X to conduct essential training required to prepare for real-world operations while minimising the time members spend away from their unit, and away from their families.”

Canadian firm Dymech Engineering received two contracts totalling $11.8m for the installation of training range and delivery of in-service support.

The in-service support contract has an estimated value of up to $5.6m and will continue for an initial period of two years with options for up to 18 years.

The new indoor live-fire training range is expected to be installed and operational late next year.

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: “Through our defence policy ‘Strong, Secure, Engaged’, our government is ensuring that the women and men of our CAF are provided with the tools and equipment they need to do the important work we ask of them.

“Equipment like this new modular indoor live-fire range provides the Canadian Armed Forces with an excellent opportunity to train and grow, and will ensure they are prepared to achieve success in any mission they might undertake.”