Defence Minister Robert Hill today officially opened the new electronic range system at the Majura Marksmanship Training Range (MTR).
Senator Hill said the system would provide the Majura Range with state-of-the-art marksmanship facilities at a cost of $2 million.
"It's important that our personnel are trained to the highest standard and this new system will help make that happen," Senator Hill said.
"The Australian designed, manufactured and installed computer controller target systems are provided by ADI Live Fire Target Systems from Albury, NSW.
"These new Australian-developed facilities are the first stage in an upgrade of nation wide MTRs that will provide the Australian Defence Force with the best possible training in marksmanship by international standards."
The new facilities are to be installed at Singleton in News South Wales and at Greenbank and Purga in Queensland by 30 June this year.
Defence's Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group are upgrading the facilities.
"These Training Ranges are used to practice, assess and validate basic shooting skills for military personnel and most of Defence small-arms weapons live firing is done on these ranges.
"Changing requirements, such as shooting with night-vision equipment and the poor reliability of old target equipment highlighted the need for new systems.
"Defence recognizes that effective live firing of personal weapons is an essential skill for all soldiers and that the facilities for learning and practicing this skill must be world-class."
Defence Minister Opens New Australian-Designed Shooting Range