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NAVAIR Ranges
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SEA RANGE
Point Mugu, California
(FACT SHEET)

The Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., is DoD’s largest and most extensively instrumented over-water range that offers realistic, open-ocean and littoral operating environments. Located off the coast of Southern California just 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the Sea Range is uniquely situated with a highly instrumented coastline and off-shore islands; full-service military airfields; target and missile launch facilities; data collection and surveillance aircraft; and an experienced staff of technical personnel. The Sea Range consists of 36,000 square miles of controlled sea and airspace. Temporary expansion of the area is possible through coordination with local Navy facilities and the FAA. The range supports the test and evaluation of a wide variety of weapons, ships, aircraft and specialized systems for a broad spectrum of military, Homeland Defense, NASA, foreign ally, and private sector programs; from small-scale static tests to complex multi-participant, multi-target operations in dense electronic combat environments.

Instrumentation includes radar, telemetry, photo-optics and video, sea and air surveillance, voice communications, and data processing and displays. Time Space Position Information (TSPI), telemetry, communications and geophysics support is all available at the Sea Range. Overlapping instrumentation coverage is provided from sites at Point Mugu, Laguna Peak, San Nicolas Island, Santa Cruz Island, Vandenberg Air Force Base and Pillar Point. These ground-based assets are augmented by airborne instrumentation on NP-3D Orion aircraft to ensure effective data collection over the entire Sea Range. Dedicated high-speed data links enable real-time data transfer between Point Mugu and ranges and laboratories at China Lake, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Edwards Air Force Base. 

Aerial, seaborne and littoral targets are available through the Port Hueneme facility, which provides surface craft for seaborne targets; boats for aerial target recovery; and vessels to enforce security and safety zones.

Sea Range program support includes:

  • Small-scale static tests to complex multi-participant, multi-target operations in dense electronic combat environments
  • Coordinated air, surface, and submarine operations including carrier strike group exercises
  • Submarine, surface, and air-launched cruise weapons (ship and land attack)
  • Long-range, large hazard pattern weapons and experimental vehicle testing
  • ICBM, missile defense, and Polar-orbit satellite launch support
  • Littoral operations
  • Joint engagement zone scenarios
  • Multi-service, multinational test and evaluation and training exercises
  • High energy laser weapons testing


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Test Management
San Nicolas Island
Geophysics
Directed Energy

Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) / Test & Training Enabling Architecture (TENA)
Sea Range Sustainability