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The Drive: There's a lot of work going on at a secret US training ground

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Intensive work is underway at the Tonopah airfield of the US Army, part of a secret test site in Nevada. Satellite images taken in September this year and published by The Drive show the unusual intensity of aircraft flights.


The US Air Force's secret Tonopah training ground is 110 kilometers northeast of dry Groom Lake, on the banks of which is the famous Area 52. The test site was opened in 1957 and is used by the US military for nuclear tests. weapons, various missiles and ammunition.

From 1977 to 1988, a training program for training air battles with Soviet aircraft was worked out at the site, and from 1982 to 1989, secret tests of the F-117 Nighthawk fighter were carried out here.

As the newspaper writes, during the week, starting from September 19, 2020, intensive flights were carried out on the territory of the test site. aviation and some secret work was carried out. Five F-117 Nighthawks stealth aircraft were spotted at the airfield, as well as other aircraft and helicopters previously not seen at the test site.

The site is believed to have been used to train and test equipment for the US Air Force Special Operations Forces or other covert training. Also, the preparation of the test site for testing some weapons and ammunition is not ruled out.

Meanwhile, it became known earlier that the landfill itself has been undergoing reconstruction for several years. In 2018, training flights of stealth aircraft F-117 Nighthawks, decommissioned back in 2008, began there. In the spring of this year, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it is highly likely that work is underway at the test site to prepare the nuclear test site in Nevada on high alert. The term for bringing to such readiness was also named, amounting to about six months.
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  1. Quadro
    Quadro 10 October 2020 10: 42
    -3
    But what about democracy and transparency? Why weren't they declassified?
    1. demon
      demon 10 October 2020 12: 00
      -20 qualifying.
      Why do you need it? Stock up on deadwood. Free for now
      1. Obliterator
        Obliterator 10 October 2020 12: 07
        -1
        Quote: iblis
        Why do you need it? Stock up on deadwood. Free for now

        You can only drag from the forest what you can carry in your hands.
        1. demon
          demon 10 October 2020 12: 19
          0
          To drag с forest ...
          - of forest, no?
          1. Obliterator
            Obliterator 10 October 2020 14: 27
            -3
            Quote: iblis
            - from the forest, no?

            Maybe. but the essence does not change. For example, a year ago in our forest region, people who tried to saw and take out of the forest tree trunks broken by the wind flew into fines from the forestry enterprise. At the same time, they allegedly discussed their actions with the leshoz before that.
            1. Rzzz
              Rzzz 11 October 2020 11: 30
              0
              And you can't cut. Even a hacksaw.
        2. Wilderness
          Wilderness 10 October 2020 13: 05
          +1
          Nothing. Hopefully the exoskeletons will be on sale soon. Wow, let's turn around ...
          1. Gray-haired
            Gray-haired 11 October 2020 02: 08
            -2
            As the newly failed Gay European stood in a knee-elbow position, so stop.
  2. Asad
    Asad 10 October 2020 10: 43
    +9
    Keep observing!
  3. Prisoner
    Prisoner 10 October 2020 10: 49
    +5
    What about flying saucers? Haven't shown up yet? winked
    1. The comment was deleted.
  4. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 10 October 2020 10: 50
    +1
    laughing They are preparing a "flying saucer" for the evacuation of the loser of the presidential race ... on Tau Kita ... tongue
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 10 October 2020 10: 51
    14
    That's what a military training ground is for, so that something systematically (according to the test program, training / retraining, etc.) happens. And the fact that the Americans can prepare a test site in Nevada for testing nuclear weapons is also not surprising, because they have long ago put on all international treaties, incl. and on tests of nuclear weapons.
  6. Senka naughty
    Senka naughty 10 October 2020 10: 57
    0
    The author did not mention the secret continent, it suggests some additional secrecy. Hmm.
    1. iouris
      iouris 10 October 2020 11: 06
      +1
      A secret wrapped in a secret ... Scary, already horror.
  7. kenig1
    kenig1 10 October 2020 11: 06
    +1
    Trump's super duper rocket is being prepared for testing.
    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 10 October 2020 14: 00
      -1
      In the sense of electronic sledgehammers, the geometry of this miracle is perfected. laughing
  8. orionvitt
    orionvitt 10 October 2020 11: 06
    +5
    It is assumed that the test site was used to train and test equipment for the United States Air Force Special Operations Forces or other secret training.
    Hit the sky with your finger. So that's why they are polygons, so that there is something to experience. I hope that those who need it in the service are looking after them.
    1. Zoldat_A
      Zoldat_A 10 October 2020 12: 35
      +4
      Quote: orionvitt
      So that's why they are polygons, so that there is something to experience.

      Only no one knows what exactly they experience there -
      US President Donald Trump spoke about the new weapons systems created in the US that no one else has.
      “We have systems that nobody knows about. Honestly, it will be better if it stays that way, ”the head of the White House stressed.
      It seems that they themselves, including Trump, do not know what they are experiencing. And it doesn't matter - the main thing is to experience.

      The President clarified that the US authorities have spent $ 2,5 trillion on the army over the past three and a half years and now the United States military is "stronger than ever."
      One can see those who have never fought in an adult way for the country's survival. To measure the power of the armed forces by the amount of money spent on them is foolish, to put it mildly. The big figure Goliath, probably, ate more and better quality than the dead David - and then he grew so hefty. And David threw a stone with a sling - and where is that Goliath? Where he stood - there he collapsed.
  9. askort154
    askort154 10 October 2020 11: 29
    +7
    In the spring of this year, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it is highly likely that work is underway at the test site to prepare a nuclear test site in Nevada on high alert. The term for bringing to such readiness was also named, amounting to about six months.

    If the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a "high probability", then we must assume that the RF Ministry of Defense has reliable facts, which they voiced through the Foreign Ministry, in their "diplomatic language."
    1. Tatyana
      Tatyana 10 October 2020 13: 50
      +3
      Quote: askort154
      In the spring of this year, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it is highly likely that work is underway at the test site to prepare a nuclear test site in Nevada on high alert. The term for bringing to such readiness was also named, amounting to about six months.
      If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has a "high probability", then it must be assumed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has TRUE factswhich they voiced through the Foreign Ministry in their "diplomatic language".

      good The best comment! yes
      1. askort154
        askort154 10 October 2020 14: 08
        0
        Tatyana....Best comment!

        Thank you for your appreciation, my hard work. Flattered! love
        1. Gray-haired
          Gray-haired 11 October 2020 02: 12
          0
          "my exhausting work" - continue to be exhausted, and Tatiana will continue to improve comments addressed to you.
  10. Pessimist22
    Pessimist22 10 October 2020 11: 36
    -2
    The 6th generation is being prepared, they say that it is completely transparent, invisible.
    1. SSR
      SSR 10 October 2020 12: 47
      +1
      Quote: Pessimist22
      The 6th generation is being prepared, they say that it is completely transparent, invisible.

      So Draiv showed them on satellite images, so they are not completely transparent. wassat
      1. AML
        AML 10 October 2020 15: 09
        -1
        In every joke, there is some joke. Aluminum oxynitride is quite transparent.

  11. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 10 October 2020 11: 38
    +4
    Such notes should not be taken seriously.
    About once a year The Drive publishes some "news" about the Tonopah base.
    For example: https://www.thedrive.com/search?q=Tonopah

    And idle blogs reprint it with translations of varying degrees of lousy.

    Examples: https: //lenta.ru/news/2019/11/20/tonopah/
    https://profile.ru/news/protection/army/sekretnyj-poligon-tonopa-v-ssha-snyali-na-video-196777/

    Moreover, the information content is zero - exactly as much as in this article on VO.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 10 October 2020 11: 43
      0
      Quote: A. Privalov
      Moreover, the information content is zero

      What information can you tell? The fact that there are 2 transport aircraft on the F-117, or with its help, something is being tested.
      1. A. Privalov
        A. Privalov 10 October 2020 11: 46
        +3
        Quote: OgnennyiKotik
        What information can you tell? The fact that there are 2 transport aircraft on the F-117, or with its help, something is being tested.

        I understand that sometimes you need to fill in empty spaces with something. But this is repeated from time to time. Look at the links - twin brothers.
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 10 October 2020 12: 11
          0
          They need exclusives. Press releases, messages on the net, videos are all reprinted and in this regard defensenews works clearer, but Thedrive makes more in-depth articles, they are very pleasant to read. There are many details, nuances, and causal relationships. But VO has the most interesting comments. lol
          1. A. Privalov
            A. Privalov 10 October 2020 12: 31
            0
            Quote: OgnennyiKotik
            Thedrive makes more in-depth articles that are a pleasure to read. There are many details, nuances, and causal relationships.

            I was not too lazy and read the original article, which was referred to here in:
            https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/36968/secretive-tonopah-test-range-airport-had-a-mysteriously-busy-week-in-september
            It provides an overview of the activity at the Tonopah base over the past month. (The author's language is quite simple and you can use Google's interpreter without any problems) For example:
            The C-17s moved to a different parking space behind the C-32. What were they doing there? We have no idea. The small amount of evidence we have indicates something related to special operations.
            Truly - details, nuances and causal relationships! belay
            1. OgnennyiKotik
              OgnennyiKotik 10 October 2020 12: 34
              0
              In principle, and not specifically about this article, it seems to be made from logic to write more characters laughing
              1. A. Privalov
                A. Privalov 10 October 2020 12: 36
                +2
                Quote: OgnennyiKotik
                In principle, and not specifically about this article, it seems to be made from logic to write more characters laughing

                I agree with you. hi
  12. cniza
    cniza 10 October 2020 12: 16
    -1
    In the spring of this year, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it is highly likely that work is underway at the test site to prepare the nuclear test site in Nevada on high alert.


    So they practically no longer hide ...
  13. Whirlwind
    Whirlwind 10 October 2020 12: 42
    -1
    Preparing for November 3 ...
  14. Knell wardenheart
    Knell wardenheart 10 October 2020 12: 43
    0
    Using the example of Nighthawks, they most likely work out elements of the fight against unobtrusive aircraft of a potential enemy, but most likely it is not us that are meant, but the PRC, in view of the large fleet of modern stealth aircraft at the moment, and the more aggressive build-up of forces of this country.
  15. CI7APTAK
    CI7APTAK 10 October 2020 18: 12
    -1
    I wonder what area 52 is, better known than area 51
  16. Lena Petrova
    Lena Petrova 10 October 2020 20: 55
    -1
    Quote: Zoldat_A
    It seems that they themselves, including Trump, do not know what they are experiencing. And it doesn't matter - the main thing is to experience.

    The main thing is to take money for it.