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China Lake Complex

The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWPNS) China Lake Complex is located within a Military Operating Area (MOA), in R-2508 in the Upper Mojave Desert, approximately 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, CA. NAWCWPNS is the principal Navy Research and Development Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Center for air warfare and missile weapons systems. It is also the national range/facility for parachute testing and evaluation. Fleet use of the instrumented ranges and facilities at NAWCWPNS is on a not-to-interfere, cost-reimbursable basis. Radar and telemetry support may be available for some or all of the ranges/areas listed.

The China Lake Complex includes the following instrumented areas:

  • Restricted Area 2505 (R-2505)
  • Restricted Area 2524 (R-2524) (Includes Superior Valley Range)

The following restricted areas are also associated with the complex:

  • Restricted Area 2506 (R-2506)
  • Restricted Area 2508 (R-2508)

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