7°38'37"N | 168°37'36"E

Kwajalein Test Range, Marshall Islands Overview

Scope of Work Management resources and support services
Schedule 2002–present
Business Government Services

Managing a missile test range crucial to U.S. defense

The Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll puts the United States on the cutting edge of missile and missile-interceptor development, space surveillance, and satellite tracking.

Kwajalein Range Services, a partnership of Bechtel National and Lockheed Martin, provides integrated range engineering and logistics services to manage and operate this crucial test site for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

Inside the Project

Complete services for the range and test-site community

The U. S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site is designed primarily for ballistic missile defense testing and space surveillance operations. KRS provides technical services for the missile testing and space surveillance missions and complete logistics and infrastructure solutions to support the test-site community.  

Keeping the range on the cutting edge

The Reagan Test Site includes some of the world's most sophisticated instrumentation for performing vital space surveillance operations and satellite tracking. This instrumentation is located on eight islands throughout Kwajalein Atoll. Kwajalein Range Services operates, maintains, and modernizes the range instrumentation systems including radars, telemetry, optics, communications and information services, mission control, and safety systems.

More than 1,600 Kwajalein Range Services employees work at 11 sites across 7,000 miles (more than 11,000 kilometers) and seven time zones.

Providing all the comforts of home

There are 2,500 permanent residents of Kwajalein, including 1,200 employees of Bechtel and Lockheed Martin’s Kwajalein Range Services and more than 800 dependents. The community at Kwajalein comprises a mixture of U.S. civilians, Department of Defense and Army personnel, and Marshallese citizens. Kwajalein Range Services provides residents of the island a wide range of infrastructure and services, including:

  • housing
  • dining
  • operation of public utilities
  • medical and dental care
  • air, sea, and land transportation
  • firefighting
  • recreational activities
  • youth and education services
  • retail
  • religious services
  • newspaper, radio, and TV access

Why it matters

Improving today's war fighter

Kwajalein Range Services helped the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conduct the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted: Flight Test Integrated-01 and Flight Test Operations-01.

The successful integrated test resulted in simultaneous engagement of five ballistic-missile and cruise-missile targets, as well as a follow-on campaign to intercept two medium-range ballistic-missile targets. It put command, control, battle management, and communications systems through their paces in a live-fire environment. And, ultimately the test led to improving the capabilities of today's war fighter.

This high-priority mission was vital to U.S. national defense and was expected to take two years for site preparation, but the Bechtel-led team completed all projects in nine months.  

Mission team awarded highest honor

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency Directorate for Test awarded its highest honor to the Flight Test Integrated-01 infrastructure development team for its "enduring support and commitment to Missile Defense Agency goals, principles, and critical mission."

For the integrated flight test, Kwajalein Range Services completed 44 infrastructure projects―on schedule and under budget―on four remote islands.

The United States captured Japanese-held Kwajalein in early 1944. The Kwajalein Atoll islands of Roi and Namur, where Kwajalein Range Services operates radars today, played a key strategic role in the invasion, codenamed Operation Flintlock.

Before they lost Kwajalein, Japanese forces held a number of prisioners there—the most famous being Louie Zamperini, after whom the main dining hall is named. The Allies nicknamed the atoll "Execution Island." The best-selling book Unbroken chronicled his life as will the movie directed by Angelina Jolie.

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