Military Wednesday - Urban Warfare Simulation Sites

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Wednesday, Jun 16 2010 by

Urban warfare is combat conducted in urban areas such as towns and cities. Urban combat is very different from combat in the open at both the operational and tactical level. Complicating factors in urban warfare include the presence of civilians and the complexity of the urban terrain.

Some civilians may be difficult to distinguish from combatants such as armed militias and gangs, particularly if individuals are simply trying to protect their homes from the attackers. Tactics are complicated by a three-dimensional environment, limited fields of view and fire because of buildings, enhanced concealment and cover for defenders, below ground infrastructure, and the ease of placement of booby traps and snipers.

To train for these these urban conditions military forces have built villages in which to train. Some are as simple as stacked shipping containers. Some are larger than towns, contain middle eastern features, ball fields, mosques and markets.

Urban Assault Course (MOUT) at Fort jackson (Birds Eye)
Urban Assault Course (MOUT) at Fort jackson

Leschi Town - Complete fake city used for urban military training (Birds Eye)
Leschi Town - Complete fake city used for urban military training
Fake town on Camp Lejeune (Bing Maps)
Fake town on Camp Lejeune

US Marine Corps Urban Operations training facility (Birds Eye)
US Marine Corps Urban Operations training facility

Military Urban Operations Training (MOUT) site (Birds Eye)
Military Urban Operations Training (MOUT) site

Fake town at Urban Warfare Training Centre (MOUT) (Google Maps)
Fake town at Urban Warfare Training Centre (MOUT)
Saudi urban warfare training (MOUT) (Google Maps)
Saudi urban warfare training (MOUT)

Fake Iraqi town "Sasoville" (Google Maps)
Fake Iraqi town "Sasoville"
Quantico MOUT site (Google Maps)
Quantico MOUT site

Copehill Down - Fake town for military urban trainig (MOUT) site (Google Maps)
Copehill Down - Fake town for military urban trainig (MOUT) site

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