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Sary Shagan is one of the most important historical sites in the history of the Cold War. The birthplace of the modern ABM system, Sary Shagan's main facilities are situated along the western shores of Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan, with the massive test range extending west into the Betpak-Dala desert. Originally part of the USSR, Sary Shagan is still leased by the Russian government to conduct test launches of the current System A-135's 53T6 (ABM-4B GAZELLE) endoatmospheric interceptors.
It was here that during the 1970s, the Soviet Union was secretly launching experimental missiles, along with testing laser weapon systems utilizing powerful antennas.
“There has been ‘UFO’ activity around the area for decades,” says Paul Stonehill, author, lecturer, TV consultant and researcher of Russian and Eurasian paranormal phenomena. “USSR had taken UFO presence seriously since 1940s and established a special top-secret UFO/USO research program (academic/military) in 1978.
The UFO encounter outlined in this CIA report also reinforces an ongoing issue that still plagues the U.S. military today. “There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” the U.S. Navy told The Black Vault in 2019. “For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the USAF take these reports very seriously and investigate each and every report.”
originally posted by: shawmanfromny
that are often referred to as Cold War "laser weapons."
I'd argue that most of USSR UFOs were actually rocket/missile launches.
originally posted by: HalWesten
It looks like ball lightning to me.