Background Color:
Background Pattern:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
menu click

Jefferson Range

Jefferson Proving Ground / Jefferson RangeThe range is located on 1033 acres in the northern third of the old Jefferson Proving Grounds in Ripley County, Indiana. 

The main range buildings are located in the north-eastern corner of the complex.

The range has:

     14- WISS Scored Targets
       3- Air Scored Targets
       3- Strafe Targets (DH-3 Scored)
            (2- 20MM & 1 30MM)
       1- 2.75” Rocket Target

Detailed information on the Range and the special use airspace availability can be found  under ‘Capabilities - Special Use Airspace.’


Jefferson Range Phone Numbers/Address

Range Office and Tower:

DSN: 873-5116

Com: (812) 689-7295

Fax: (812) 689-3519


WISS Scored

Scored Circle
Nite Bull

South Gun
Armored Column
Tank Column
Crew Bus
Supply Depot
Runway Gun


Air Scored

Command Post


Strafe Pit
Armored Column

2.75’” Rockets
Tank Column

Computer Scored

  Small hut-like targets in an open field LSTSS
Computer Scored

The Large Scale Target Sensor System (LSTSS) is an aircrew training system that detects laser designator radiation on targets.

The LSTSS consists of multiple devices and Device Controller Assemblies installed throughout the target area and linked by a radio or fiber optic channel Local Area Network (LAN).



Since 1998 the Jefferson Range has played a significant role in many aspects of Air and Army training, most recently UAS/UAV operator and equipment airport tower buildingstraining.

Because of restricted air space, COAs, and proximity to Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Jefferson Range has become an important adjunct training and testing destination, including those exercises scheduled for military special operations units.

The overall profile is momentous to the UAS/UAV community because of the potential for launch and recovery, and for pursuit of payloads which require testing in air-to-ground-strikes.


·         Strafe targets

·         Rocket targets

·         Laser capabilities

·         Day and night operations for manned and unmanned activity

·         Restricted airspace for unmanned flight training and testing


In the graphic at the top of the page, note proximity of Muscatatuck, LTA Panther, and Jefferson Range.  Jefferson Gate is about a 12-minute drive from Muscatatuck. 

  • Jefferson has a UAS landing strip and pad (upper left of the inset photo), tower and range building (upper right of the inset photo), and main range (center of photo).  They also have a dual-door gunnery range in the center of the graphic.
  • For UAS  operations to use the COAs, the airframes are able to launch from Jefferson Range, gain altitude, fly into Muscatatuck airspace via the adjacent airspace over the reservoir and loiter/collect, then return and land via the same corridor when MC.
  • The land in the orange and red-colored areas is the impact area and is off  limits, off of the roads. 
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife administers the non-colored areas for hunting on a regular basis. Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife office Website for Big Oaks Reserve.
  • We are working towards a compatible-use agreement, for live-fire training, to shoot from border roads into the impact areas.
  • Jefferson Proving Ground is roughly 50,000 acres.
  • The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife administers most of the land, and the Indiana Air National Guard administers a 1,000 acre Air-Ground Gunnery range in the north, and a smaller, dual-door gunnery range in the center.
  • The southern edge of Jefferson sits roughly 7 miles north of the Ohio River.

Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) is located in southeastern Indiana, approximately 8 miles north of the Indiana-Kentucky border and about 5 miles north of Madison, Indiana. The installation occupies parts of Jefferson, Jennings and Ripley Counties, and is about 17.2 miles in length and ranges from 4 to 6 miles in width. Lands surrounding JPG are predominantly farmland and woodlands, with some small towns and rural residential land use nearby.

The facility is divided into a Northern Firing Range Area and a Southern Cantonment Area, separated by a firing line consisting of 268 former gun positions used for testing ordnance until September 1994. This line runs east-west across the width of the facility and is separated from the Cantonment Area by an east-west firing line fence.

JPG contains 379 buildings, 182 miles of roads, and 48 miles of boundary fence line.  The Southern Area houses support facilities that were used for administration, ammunition assembly and testing, vehicle maintenance, and residential housing. Up to September 1994, this area also was used for ammunition assembly and testing and weapons maintenance. Most of these buildings are situated along a 1-mile strip just south of the Firing Line Road on Woodfill Road. An abandoned airport with four runways and a hanger building are located in the southwest corner of the facility. The Northern Area consists of 51,000 acres of undeveloped and heavily wooded land. Numerous discrete areas were cleared and targeted during certain munitions tests.


Page last modified / updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:06 AM EST