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Home : Home : Warfare Centers : NSWC Corona : What We Do : Range Systems Engineering Department


The Range Systems Engineering Department builds, instruments and supports DoD test and training ranges worldwide. The department provides systems engineering and technical guidance to range commanders and managers across the Navy and Marine Corps and serves as the technical agent for operation, maintenance and engineering of Navy and Marine Corps Tactical Training Range (TTR) systems. RS has personnel assigned throughout the world and has offsite offices across the country, including a major installation on Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, located just 60 miles south of Corona by Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, that specializes in expeditionary systems engineering of ammunition and weapons for the Marine Corps, Navy and Army to improve performance through systems, test, reliability and warfighter-scientist integration. NSWC Corona has a long history of designing and operating range systems, to include the famed Top Gun school for fighter pilots designed to improve air-to-air combat proficiency. “We help the Fleet get better every day,” said Dan Bergstrom, Range Systems Engineering Department Head. “There is a lot of pride in the department but we all know we are part of a much larger team.” The department has 335 civilians and 1,165 contractors based worldwide with nearly 300 projects ongoing at any given time.

Major Technical Areas Covered by Department

  • Weapons scoring, safety surveillance and lighting systems
  • Communication engineering
  • Network and cyber engineering
  • Infrastructure engineering
  • Tracking systems
  • Laser range safety certification
  • Expeditionary systems engineering
  • Sustainment and modernization

Major Customers Serviced

  • U.S. Fleet Forces
  • Commander Pacific Fleet/Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific
  • Marine Corps Installations
  • Marine Corps Systems Command/PM Ammunition and PM Training Systems
  • Marine Corps Training and Education Command
  • Marine Forces Pacific
  • Naval Facilities Command
  • Missile Defense Agency
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army

Top Three Projects

  • Engineering, operating and maintaining systems that enable Fleet training to fight future battles is the essential part of the Fleet’s realistic Live, Virtual Constructive training environment
  • Designing and delivering two training ranges for Australian Air Force for its newly acquired F/A-18 Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers
  • Designing and building three tactical training ranges for Guam, plus another two training ranges in Saudi Arabia