In 1976, the U.S. Army leased to the U.S. Air Force approximately 1,033 acres in the Northern Range Area of JPG. A bombing range was constructed to support the training requirements of the Air National Guard (ANG) fighter units located in the Midwest.
Construction began in October 1976 and the Jefferson Range opened for operations in April 1977. Currently, the Range operates 2 conventional bombing circles (day and night circles), 3 strafe pits, and 20 tactical targets.
The Indiana Air National Guard/Detachment 2 operates an air-to-ground range. The detachment includes 2 officers and 7 enlisted personnel.
Peak utilization rates exceeded 4,200 sorties per year. Current annual sortie rates are 3,000 and involve conventional, tactical, and specialized missions. The weapon safety footprint encompasses approximately 4,000 acres.
Current users of the Jefferson Range come from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and North Carolina. Occasionally users from the active Air Force and ANG units located outside the local flying area train on the Jefferson Proving Ground. Primary users include:
|110th Fighter Wing||Battle Creek, Michigan||A-10A|
|122nd Fighter Wing||Fort Wayne, Indiana||F-16C|
|127th Fighter Wing||Selfridge ANGB, Michigan||F-16C|
|178th Fighter Wing||Springfield, Ohio||F-16C|
|180th Fighter Wing||Toledo, Ohio||F-16C|
|181th Fighter Wing||Terre Haute, Indiana||F-16C|
|183rd Fighter Wing||Springfield, Illinois||F-16C|
|4th Fighter Wing||Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina||F-15E|
All weapons delivered on the Jefferson Range are inert (non-explosive) training rounds and bombs. The BDU-33 training bomb is the primary weapon. In addition, MK 82/84 full scale inert bombs are allowed as well as simulated Maverick air-to-ground missiles. Both 20 mm and 30 mm training rounds are fired from aircraft. See Jefferson Range Briefing (PPT, 1.5mb).