Secret military GPS jamming test in progress over West U.S., air-traffic controllers, pilots, alerted
CHINA LAKE, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) — The China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station is conducting a six day test, which started Tuesday, that will knock out and/or alters GPS systems, rendering GPS systems in sections of western U.S. airspace useless.
The Federal Aviation Administration has put out notices warning all pilots and air-traffic controllers of the potential risks due to the system being down.
“The testing centered at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division based in China Lake, Calif., could affect aircraft at least 50 feet off the ground within hundreds of miles of the base to as high as 40,000 feet above sea level nearly 550 miles away. The affected area is the shape of an upside-down layer cake, with the largest layer 40,000 feet high spanning California and Nevada, and stretching across much of Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona,” one report explains.
The secret military facility spans an area of 1.1 million acres and is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
“The GPS testing could be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pacific daylight time on June 7, 9, 21, 23, 28 and 30,” USA Today reported.
A similar scenario took place during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon when aircraft tracking systems were taken offline in parts of the U.S. during a NORAD drill, ultimately masking how the actual attack was conducted.
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