As War Rages in Ukraine, the U.S. Military Studies Russian Weapons at a ‘Petting Zoo’ Outside Las Vegas

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada—A 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, is a treasure trove of some of the Cold War’s most coveted secrets, accumulated over the years from forgotten battles, arms dealers, and foreign governments searching for hard hungry for money.

The threat training facility at Nellis Air Force Base houses the collection of Soviet weapons, many of which lie idle in the desert heat. It offers visitors a closer look at the MiG-29 jet fighter, once one of the Soviet Union’s most feared aircraft for its air-to-air combat capabilities. Visitors can also crawl inside an SA-13, a mobile Soviet surface-to-air missile system that threatened Western aircraft in the first Gulf War. And then there’s the Mi-24 Hind, an attack helicopter that the Soviets used extensively in their war in Afghanistan, where it became the target of CIA Stinger missiles.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-war-rages-in-ukraine-the-u-s-military-studies-russian-weapons-at-a-petting-zoo-outside-las-vegas-11653742803 As War Rages in Ukraine, the U.S. Military Studies Russian Weapons at a ‘Petting Zoo’ Outside Las Vegas

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