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AUTEC WEAPONS RANGE
Deep Water Range
- The deep water Weapons Range lies roughly parallel to the east coast of Andros Island. It is the
largest and most versatile of the AUTEC ranges, and it is capable of tracking up to 63 in-water
objects simultaneously. The range is supported by the Main Base (Site 1) and various smaller sites
located to the south along the east coast of Andros Island. AN/WQC-2A Sonar Communications Sets and
Bi-Directional Communications Nodes provide underwater voice communications for mobile target and
emergency command signal coverage, while HF, UHF, and VHF radio communications are available over
the entire range.
- In-air tracking is provided by radars and various other in-air tracking systems such as LATR, the
Hyperbolic In-Air Tracking System (HITS), and DGPS. These in-air systems cover the AUTEC Weapons Range
up to a distance of 500 nautical miles (926 kilometers) from Site 1 and a height of 70,000 feet (21,000
kilometers). Surveillance radars operate to support air and surface safety.
- The in-water portion of the Weapons Range covers 500 square nautical miles. This range can be divided
into two distinct tracking areas consisting of roughly 250 square nautical miles. This flexibility allows
for the unique operation of two distinct individual exercises. Use of the total range is referred to as
"Weapons Range", while dividing the range into two distinct portions, the northern section is referred to
as "Weapons Range North", whereas the southern portion is called "Weapons Range South".