TRAX provides support services to the Army’s cold, winter, mountain, and northern environmental test center located in Alaska. Our arctic regions’ range personnel have priority access to the only test site on U.S. soil that realistically combines the conditions of a winter battlefield, with a test season long and cold enough to guarantee proper test conditions.
The range provides more than 670,000 acres of forest, plains, muskeg, mountains, tundra, glaciers, rivers, lakes, and swamps to meet every testing need of our customers. In addition, limited winter sunlight provides extended test periods for night vision and thermal-imaging testing, while round-the-clock summer sunlight provides excellent temperate testing capabilities.
The testing effort is centered in a complex providing automotive cold-start capabilities and a base for soldier equipment tests. Ranges are also available for testing mine explosives, small arms, direct fire, sensors, air defense, missile, artillery, smoke and obscurant tests, and mobility testing. The complex can accommodate indirect fire testing with the capability of observed fire to 30 km and unobserved fire to 50 km. Indirect fire, up to 100 km, can also be accomplished by utilizing nearby ranges.
Supporting infrastructure includes a facility for surveillance testing, an ammunition storage area, administrative areas, communications circuits, meteorological sites, and an extensive network of roads and trails. Airfield-based and tactical air operations are supported, and airdrop zones/facilities are available.