Playas Training Ranges

Versatility
It is a misconception that PTRC has one "range." Actually, it has a number of ranges: residential, Other Than American (OTA) venues, driving range, shooting range, explosives range. A number of configurations are possible, with some exercises overlapping.


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The Playas townsite range provides a complete suburban setting in a 640 acre townsite with a full range of facilities, including 250 single family houses which can house offices and bunks. VIP guest quarters offer full amenities and services. Law Enforcement ranges include driving courses, residence use, and explosives simulation. OTA ranges offer cultural, hyper-realistic training. Customers can request custom configuration of traffic and range capability.

 

PTRC Ranges:

Residential range
Six Other Than American (OTA) venues
Driving track
Firing ranges
Explosive range
Airport
In 1994, when the Playas Training and Research Center (PTRC) was established by New Mexico Tech as a division of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC), it was an abandoned town. Yet the potential was there for utilizing curving streets, widely-spaced houses, and the desert spaces within the perimeter.

 

The canvas was inked out for compositions of urban or rural landscapes: teaching environments, vehicle manipulation, explosives, combat scenarios, and breaching opportunities. Layering hue and form began to create better pictures of what potential customers might need.

 

Security Training

New Mexico Tech's PTRC and EMRTC bring together world-class facilities, technologies, and experts to deliver a training or research experience aimed at achieving our customers’ goals. EMRTC’s highly regarded training development and research at PTRC include First Responders' Training, urban warfare/MOUT exercises, border protection, anti-terrorism, and counter-insurgency.

 

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PTRC accommodates training in:

Activities Supported

Military

PTRC creates an authentic hyper-immersive training environment specifically designed to allow the training audience a maximum number of opportunities to achieve its training objectives. Potential missions include: Integration of joint tactical enablers supporting distributed operation, joint distributed lethal and non-lethal combat operations, airborne insertions (free fall, static line and heavy drop), marksman live fire and high angle live firing, MOUT in an eastern (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Horn of Africa) environment.

Law Enforcement and Security

Border Patrol