Den Helder, Netherlands

Press release from the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Dropping bombs with explosive charges practiced at NATO training location the Vliehors range.

From Monday 11 to Thursday 14 December 2023, fighter planes will practice dropping bombs with an explosive charge at NATO training location the Vliehors range. The training sessions take place in the afternoon between 1300 and 1700.

Pilots and support staff train daily to maintain their skills. The training is essential for the protection of our own territory and that of NATO partners.

During the flights, the pilots have contact with personnel at the Vliehors range and are given permission to use the weapon. The safety of people and equipment, but also nature, is central to the implementation of all steps.

The Vliehors Range is closed to the public during the exercise. From a safety point of view, the boundary of the training area is marked with warning signs and equipped with red flags during exercises.

Also during this exercise, the Noise Pollution Bureau of the Royal Air Force on Texel sets up a measuring station, where the observed weather conditions and the resulting noise pollution determine the ability to carry out the planned exercises. This mobile measuring station is in direct contact with the control tower of the Vliehors Range.

Facts about the Vliehors range at a glance

The Vliehors range is also known under the code name Cornfield range

The range has been around since 1948

It is an important training location for fighter aircraft and helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and its NATO partners

Police helicopter crews are also allowed to practice on the range

The total area covers 17 square kilometers and is located at the most western part of Vlieland

The range has bomb targets, shooting targets and missile targets

The range is open all year round for exercises with practice bombs (also called inert bombs)

The Vliehors range is available between September 15 and March 1 exercises with real bombs (also called explosive or live bombs named)

A maximum of 70 explosive bombs may be dropped during this period become

There are targets in an area for the exercises with explosive bombs of 500 by 500 meters

In addition to a shooting range, the range is also a nature reserve. Staff of the Vliehors range manage the site and ensure that the exercises and nature go hand in hand

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