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Defence Ministry Approves Construction of 17 New Baffle Firing Ranges

Published on July 05, 2018
Ready, Aim, Fire! The Union Ministry of Defence has sanctioned construction of 17 new baffle firing ranges at various military stations, cantonments and training establishments at an approximate cost of Rs. 238 crore.
Defence Ministry Approves Construction of 17 New Baffle Firing Ranges
  • The proposed baffle shooting ranges can facilitate firing from 300 to 500 meters.
  • These 17 new firing ranges will be in addition to 60 similar firing ranges existing all over the country.
These firing ranges will come at:
  • Southern Command (7 ranges) 
  • Eastern Command (3 ranges) 
  • Northern Command (2 ranges) 
  • South Western Command (1 range)
  • Central Command (1 range)
  • One range is proposed at Central Command for Officers Training Academy, Gaya, Bihar

Why are these Baffle Firing Ranges needed?

  • Baffle firing ranges are covered shooting practice areas which prevent possible accidents due to stray bullet injuries.
  • In recent times, due to growth of civilian population around cantonments areas, possibility of accidents due to stray bullet injuries have increased.
  • In order to prevent accidents and casualties without affecting the training requirements of Armed Forces new baffle ranges were approved.
  • Baffle ranges require less than 50 acres of real estate as compared to about 500 acres needed for conventional small arms practice firing ranges.
  • Apart from less land, baffle ranges use a system of ground barriers, side-walls, baffle walls and stop-butts to stop or trap misdirected or ricocheting bullets.
Interestingly the Army, of course, is also battling a shortage in larger ranges like field-firing ranges (FFRs) and manoeuvre ranges to train soldiers for use of heavier weapons like artillery guns and rockets.

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