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Unidentifiable, blacked-out helicopters have been carrying out unannounced manoeuvres and exercises over the greater Los Angeles area, disconcerting residents in the area who have been monitoring the military activities and trying to figure out what is going on. In Chicago, the police are posting videos as evidence of what is transpiring in the city and seeking support in identifying the perpetrators of criminal activities.

Social media users posted videos of the military helicopters flying low over Los Angeles on Tuesday night, in some with their lights extinguished, carrying out a series of unusual manoeuvres such as circling highways, flying close to the ground and making landings on top of skyscrapers in the downtown area. In some case the small, fast helicopters flew in groups of four, flying in tight formation.

On Monday there had been reports of unusual police and city utility helicopter activity around LA’s major highways.



The helicopters that started flying over the city on Tuesday evening and into the night have been identified as most likely being MH-6 Little Birds which are usually flown by the Army’s Night Stalkers, also called the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).

Social media posts began emerging through the evening as people tried to figure out who the helicopters belonged to and what they were doing.

Numerous videos of the helicopters have been posted to Twitter.



The’s regular correspondent, Tyler Rogoway, explained that the unidentifiable, blacked-out helicopters regularly carry out such manoeuvres practicing urban warfare techniques and anti-terrorist missions in what the Pentagon has dubbed ‘megacities’.

“In this first night of operations, the MH-6s can be seen whizzing around Downtown Los Angeles and landing and taking off from the top of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) building. Usually, four MH-6s fly from place to place at night in tight formation, with just the lead helicopter with its lights on. The crews wear night-vision goggles and use their advanced electronics to navigate precisely as a division…

There is no synthetic range that can provide a suitable training surrogate for such a demanding combat environment. So, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), better known as the Night Stalkers, skip across the United States throughout the year to major cities getting this type of training in. They are often joined by Navy SEALs, Rangers, MARSOC, and Delta Force operators that they are traditionally tasked with carrying into battle. Sometimes they even work with federal law enforcement direct action teams, like the FBI’s vaunted Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and folks from the intelligence community. This type of military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training is precisely what people are seeing over downtown Los Angeles tonight.”

Rogoway further notes that a year and a half ago the 160th SOAR carried out similar training exercises over Los Angeles involving MH-6 Little Birds and a couple of MH-60 Black Hawks, carrying out manoeuvres such as descending in unison into parking lots, flying down city streets, and in one case ‘assaulting’ a government building in Long Beach.


One Comment

  1. Tyson Tyson September 5, 2020

    Could this be in preparation for civil uprising after November 3rd?

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