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Range Design and Management for reduced Environmental Impact

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Applied Vehicle Technology

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Demolition, Energetics, Environment, Metals, Mitigation, Munitions characterization, Preventive measures, Range design, Range Management, Remediation


The Alliance uses significant tracks of land for live-fire training exercices, which has adverse environmental impacts and cleaning up pollution may cost billions of dollars around the world. Moreover, the NATO Connective Forces Innitiative (CFI) will involve large multi-national training exercices and will exacerbate this risk. There was a capability gap on technologies to reduce the risk and AVT-291 RTG iresponf to that. Countries have already invested R&D to developp innovative solutions that will be shared and we will build a strong network of subject matter experts and ranges stakeholders. The exchange of information will trigger progress towards affordable and more efficient techniques.


Exchange on solutions developed by each country and develop guidelines for range design and management. // Share and improve S&T achievements allowing integrated solutions, saving ressources to each nation. // Transfer the pooled expertise to military range stakeholders. // Lead to higher level of acceptance by environmental authorities and the public.


1. Current practices that have been implemented to prevent or mitigate the negative impacts from live-fire training on various types of training ranges. 2. Innovative solutions currently being considered through research and development to mitigate negative impacts on training ranges on which energetic compounds or heavy metals will be used. 3. Prevention and mitigation of noise and contaminant migration off training ranges. 4. Software, mapping, and models that can be used to track munitions use, composition, risk assessment, life-cycle costs, and environmental management systems on ranges. 5. Large and small-scale range design and remediation will be covered. New munitions and their requirements will be considered.

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