Infantry Drills

G-73: Surface Danger Zone

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G-73. The surface danger zones for firing ranges consists of a firing area, a target area, impact area, and danger areas surrounding these locations. (See figure G-35.) An additional area for occupation by personnel during firings also may be required. (Refer to DA Pamphlet 385-63 for more information.) The shape and size of the surface danger zones varies with the type of missile or rocket being fired:

  • Primary danger area. The primary danger area is a 90-degree cone with a 50-meter radius. The apex of the cone is centered at the rear of the missile launcher. Serious casualties or fatalities are likely to occur to anyone in the area during firing. Hazards include launch motor blast, high noise levels, overpressure, and debris.
  • Caution area 1. The caution area 1 extends in a radial pattern from each side of the primary danger area to the firing line with a radius of 50 meters. Permanent hearing damage could occur to personnel without adequate hearing protection in this area during firing. The hazards are high noise levels and overpressure.
  • Caution area 2. The caution area 2 is an extension of the primary danger area with the same associated hazards and personnel protection required. The radius of this area is 75 meters.
  • 200-meter zone. The 200-meter zone is the danger area for aerial firings 15.25 meters or more above ground level.
Figure G-35. Surface danger zones for firing basic TOW, TOW 2A, and TOW
2B missiles

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