Re: Pads near Cockeyed Ridge South East of Groom

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Message posted by Skeet (Member since 06/29/2022) on August 19, 2022 at 8:40:40 PST:

Back on this again, Joerg, ha...

Regarding the construction timeframe, I believe it was 2000 based on this Google Time-lapse: They have low-res sat images for every year. You can see the road to the pads appear between 2000-2001. (Also, a very nice tool to see the Area 51 expansion since 1984.)

I have done some more researching around the use of the pads and think I have found the program they were built for: Senior Suter. (Hat tip to a previous forum post by Smythers)

The Suter program was developed by the secretive USAF unit Big Safari.

"Three generations of Suter have been developed.
- Suter 1 allows its operators to monitor what enemy radar operators can see.
- Suter 2 lets them take control of the enemy's networks and direct their sensors.
- Suter 3, tested in summer 2006, enables the invasion of links to time-critical targets such as battlefield ballistic missile launchers or mobile surface-to-air missile launchers."

Suter 1 + 2 were demonstrated on the NTTR during the Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX) in 2000 and 2002.

This seems to fit the 2000-2006 timeframe when the trailer was parked near pads. As we've previously hypothesised, the EM blocked saddle was likely the ideal spot to test a new Electronic Warfare capability away from all of the other radars scattered around NTTR.

In Reply to: Re: Pads near Cockeyed Ridge South East of Groom posted by Joerg (Webmaster) on July 19, 2022 at 10:58:20 PST:


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