My short bio: I am an airline pilot who just purchased my dream property, A Titan II nuclear missile complex. It was already opened when we purchased it but it had since reflooded. The videos we have posted so far are of us draining the site and working on the access portal. It is now fully drained and more vids will be coming.

My Proof: I don't have a picture of me with a sign (I keep forgetting paper when I go out to the site) but here it is

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_RPlY2xoUdNOnscUaOu3BA/about I added my Reddit username to the channel about

Website - Atomic-Underground.com .

What do you want to see?: I am not independently wealthy so this is going to take some time to renovate. The missile silo is off limits FOR NOW. I do plan on opening it back up at some point when I have a few hundred thousand laying around. In the meantime I will post videos of progress as they are done. Unlike our friends over at Death Wears Bunny Slippers we don't have 6 years of back video so you are going to get it as it is taken.

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PaulRuddsDick143 karma

Wouldn't it be more of a man hole than a man cave?

AtomicUndergroundNik113 karma

Well yes since there are no bats. I don't like talking about man holes anyway.

tighter_wires3 karma

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AtomicUndergroundNik14 karma

That’s what he said?

Tanzer_Sterben5 karma

I like looking at man holes

AtomicUndergroundNik7 karma

It’s a new world. I’m going back to don’t ask don’t tell.

KalconFick59 karma

If true and verified you own every mans wet dream.

Just wanted to say congrats.

How did you come to own such a novel piece of real estate and is the capital out of the reach of the average Joe?

AtomicUndergroundNik142 karma

No its not out of reach for the average Joe. I found this site through another site owner on YouTube. I purchased the 5 acre property for well under the normal 300k+ asking price for a Titan 2 and did it with owner financing. Anyone with a full time job can afford one if they skip things like food.

OzymandiasKoK44 karma

And then have a few hundred thousand to renovate it, never mind maintenance after? Seems like you are oversimplifying.

AtomicUndergroundNik45 karma

Not really the water flow is all coming in from the broken top. No other real maintenance. Approximately 400k to dig everything up and pour a new silo top to the surface. The reason that nobody will do it is the next question which is "Then what?". If we can't answer then what why would it be dug up in the first place. It took the guy 20 mil to do an atlas silo in Kansas and their silo is more suited to becoming a underground apartment block.

awfulmemory43 karma

The average Joe can’t even buy a house much less drop half a million on a missile silo.

AtomicUndergroundNik74 karma

My total investment to date is just over 20k, including mortgage payments and construction which equals about $2,300 per month of construction and $1,000 mortgage and utilities. Construction costs are up to the person doing it and how fast they want to do the work, pay contractors or do themselves. Even an apartment costs more than $1,000 per month most places these days. I'm not saying that's my situation. I don't work at McDonalds and I have a whole life away from missile silos but it could be done by people with less resources. My advise to those who want to own a site is don't self disqualify. Try your best and "Make them tell you no".

AtomicUndergroundNik30 karma

To clarify, if you don't open the silo itself, the project is way more affordable. From where I am now to a clean blank canvas will be about another 30k with basic utilities inside.

Aboynamedsallysue4 karma

Did you buy it from deathwears bunny slippers??

AtomicUndergroundNik13 karma

Nope he is two silos over from me. If you look at the video of the grinding for the new electrical panel that is GT from DWBS. Good guy and good friend. His mistakes have saved me tons of money.

not_right-7 karma

Yeah that's out of reach for the average Joe. Unless they can live there.

AtomicUndergroundNik21 karma

In my case both the wife and I say no to living undergroun full time. This is an investment and vacation property only.

Boojum2k58 karma

Now that you have your supervillain lair, how will you take over the world?

AtomicUndergroundNik101 karma

I plan on letting everyone else ruin the world first then come out a couple of months later. Much easier to take over then ;-)

t3mb313 karma

I would like to apply for the role of henchman. What benefits do you provide?

AtomicUndergroundNik21 karma

What qualifications do you have? Previous henchmen experience? Benefits include living through the apocalypse for at least 3 months and being able to burn trespassers alive (only once laws don’t exist anymore).

TomBud91PM2 karma

Man... how are you going to have this finished in the next 4 months?

AtomicUndergroundNik5 karma

4 months? Wow no. This is a 10 year plan that I am 6 months into.

TomBud91PM4 karma

I understand. But I doubt civilization will give you that long.

AtomicUndergroundNik3 karma

Oh you are talking about survival. I have a plan for that. There will be countermeasures

mregger32 karma

I'm assuming you have a S.O. in your life. How did you convince your S.O. that buying a silo isn't a waste of money, and a symptom of a midlife crisis? Asking for a friend.

AtomicUndergroundNik50 karma

Its an ongoing conversation. The wife doesn't understand it but as long as I limit the monthly spending on construction she "allows" it. The goal is that when its done we can decide to keep it or sell it for a profit. I am being very careful not to do anything that doesn't increase the value of the site.

part_house_part_dog16 karma

Fascinating! I’d seen something in passing about people buying old missile silos, but this is way cool. I watched all of your videos just now. Thanks for the ADHD rabbit hole! Now on to your friend’s project (Death wears bunny slippers). Thank you for posting this! Ooh, I need a question, so: is it creepy down there?

AtomicUndergroundNik22 karma

The most numerous and easiest to renovate actual silos are the Atlas F's. They weren't destroyed or filled in with crap. The silos are larger but the Launch Control Centers are tiny in comparison to the mighty Titan 2's. The largest of all were the Titan 1's of which there were only 18. Only 1 I know of is not flooded and is for sale but unless you really had tens of millions to renovate and wanted to survive with you and 100+ of your closest fiends they are unrealistic.

JawnZ7 karma

Not sure if you answered the right question with this comment.

OP was asking if it's creepy down there :)

AtomicUndergroundNik12 karma

I was a little creeped out the first time I went down to the dam. I still want to add concrete and a second dam after I seal the leak in the primary dam. Other than that not creepy to me at all.

InternetCrank2 karma

Wouldn't it be safer to pump the water out on the far side of the dam, at least to lower than that level?

AtomicUndergroundNik6 karma

Safer? I don't see how. Dams hold back water, that's what they do. If I pumped the water from behind the dam it would require pumping forever, and I don't want that power bill. I only run the pumps for 1 hour per month right now because there is very little flow. Last month's bill was $30.

InternetCrank3 karma

Fair enough. Though I was a bit worried when I saw on the video that the bulkhead had bowed in a bit!

AtomicUndergroundNik6 karma

Just a couple of inches. Not shady like dwbs

JLPhiTau13 karma

Titan IIs used Hypergolic Hydrazine-based propellants which are carcinogenic and generally bad for your health. Have you done much research into dealing with that side of things aside from running a gas meter?

AtomicUndergroundNik24 karma

They generally didn’t pump fuel into the launch control center. The USAF purged the lines in the silo before they left. I tested the water and it was fine.

In hazmat school they taught us that dilution is the solution to pollution.

Don’t know if there were any spills but I haven’t found any evidence

Nation_State_Tractor12 karma

How's it feel knowing you may still have at least one Russian nuke pointed directly at your new house?

AtomicUndergroundNik22 karma

Unlikely as they are not stupid. The sites were all left open for Russia to take pictures of for 6 months after being demolished. If Russia still had anything pointed at my house they would be 32 years out of date.

dick-stand9 karma

Have you tried renting it out to film/tv productions?

AtomicUndergroundNik18 karma

I havent actively pursued it but if anybody wanted to do it I would be open to the idea

dick-stand9 karma

You could contact the film commission in your state and ask if they have tax incentives, and register as a Soundstage?

AtomicUndergroundNik6 karma

I'll look into it in the future

Crime_Dawg9 karma

How do you plan to keep it from flooding constantly? Anything that far below grade and made of concrete is going to be an absolute flood zone constantly.

AtomicUndergroundNik15 karma

Actually the concrete doesn’t leak at all it’s between 4 and 8 feet thick and then wrapped in steel. The only places that it does leak are from the destroyed silo which I am repairing the dam that we have in place to keep the water out. The only other leak is actually coming from the escape shaft which is corrugated drainage culvert and comes in at the rate of about 1 gallon per hour or so. I dug down and the steel that surrounds the entire building doesn’t rust at all due to the low oxygen content in the ground water so I’m not worried about that becoming an issue in the future either.

fiendishrabbit3 karma

You're not worried about mold&such?

AtomicUndergroundNik3 karma

Surprisingly no.

heartbrokenjokes7 karma

Sorry if this has been asked/answered but have you gone through the site with a Geiger counter?

AtomicUndergroundNik40 karma

It’s a really common question. A lot of people think that the sites are radioactive and they are not. The only thing that had any radioactive material in it was the warhead which was removed. What we do have plenty of is asbestos and lead paint which I try not to chew on too often.

CitationX_N7V11C10 karma

But...lead is delicious.

AtomicUndergroundNik15 karma

I agree but it makes you fat. I’m already too fat

judgejamin6 karma

This is an amazing project my dude....

I'm guessing that the silo had a grid electrical and water hookup while it was in service with backups. But what are you doing for utility connections now?

AtomicUndergroundNik7 karma

Water and power comes in from the street. I show in my videos how the new power is in the access portal. No water inside yet.

judgejamin5 karma

Thanks for explaining, I'm not all the the way through watching your videos yet.... How did the phone call to the local power company go when you asked for a street connection? Was the property in their records or some eyes database?

AtomicUndergroundNik10 karma

The original Air Force property was split up into six properties which are all now part of an HOA. Mine is the only undeveloped lot and the only lot to actually have underground stuff. I do have an address though and the previous owner built a very nice shed which is where the power comes into. From the shed we had a trench about 70 feet to the access portal to get power underground.

totallythebadguy12 karma

"please ensure the picket fence around your missile solo matches the other missile silos in the HOA"

AtomicUndergroundNik6 karma

That is not in the restrictions for my little HOA. However I cant raise cattle. my shed also has to match the house which could be a problem as I don't want to make a concrete shed. In reality the neighbors are awesome and supportive. They watch everything while im gone.

AtomicUndergroundNik8 karma

Interesting sidenote the electrical codes state that all basement power must be GFCI protected. That is the absolute last thing you want in a silo. We had to contact the state and seek advice to get around the code.

randombits4 karma

Why is that?

AtomicUndergroundNik7 karma

The code is probably due to potential flooding. You don't want GFCI in a bunker because it could kill your pumps, water sensors or lights. The last thing I want is to show up and have the pumps off. Electrical is weird in that it doesn't behave the way you would think it would when introduced to water. Everything I run is protected by 20 Amp breakers.

Bond41411 karma

I'm no expert, but is it simply for GFCI power outlets? Could you not just simply have a hardwired pump? No plug, no need for GFCI outlets.

Jory-2 karma

GFCI requirements are based on outlet location. They also have GFCI breakers that will handle the whole circuit, but a GFCI outlet in the circuit will do the same thing. In this case I think you're right, a hardwired pump would be the best bet. Interested to hear the state's response to OP. I am (hmmm, was. I resigned recently) an electrician and while a lot of my work was in the Air Force, I don't know anything about missile silos other than the fact that I desperately want to own one some day. There's one in the same state as me that's shockingly 'affordable'.

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

It’s basically a shed at this point so I’m not worried about anything. It’s simple enough to change to gfci breakers if it was needed. The electrician just couldn’t do non gfci per code so he had to reach out for guidance.

bestminipc5 karma

how much it cost about? is that over or undervalue you think?

AtomicUndergroundNik7 karma

Don’t want to skew the market but well under 350k

bestminipc2 karma

dont think sample of 1 would skew market

AtomicUndergroundNik15 karma

The market is a total of 54 properties. No more no less. Silo owners are very protective of these numbers. I'll probably get yelled at for saying what I have. We have an owners association.

Kehalu1 karma

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AtomicUndergroundNik1 karma

Various from personal to commercial

RustyCrustyy5 karma

Do you allow trained divers to explore the flooded areas? Id be interested.

AtomicUndergroundNik10 karma

(Un)Fortunately there are no flooded areas right now. The silo is flooded but also completely full of debris. There are no divable areas.

AtomicUndergroundNik17 karma

I will reflood it if anyone has enough cash!

hdoublea5 karma

I haven't seen this question asked, maybe for obvious reasons. Are the silos flooded on purpose? Why not just filled with earth or concrete? Do you have any idea how much water is in a flooded Titan 2 silo? Is the water contaminated with any chemicals, or can it be consumed after, for example, boiling?

AtomicUndergroundNik4 karma

The Army Corps was suppose to fill the cableway with concrete which im glad they didn't. The water is natural and was not done on purpose. In the LCC the water is contaminant free. I'm assuming spills over the years left some residue farther down in the silo. Millions of gallons of water is not an understatement so the hope is that the parts per million of contamination will be very low. Long time before I get in there anyway.

fyiiamaspy5 karma

I'm guessing you've seen this guy's youtube channel?

Progress has been slow for him. Still very cool!

AtomicUndergroundNik10 karma

Yep I just got off the phone with him talking about all the interesting questions that I have been getting on Reddit. His site is nearly done and very amazing looking. The YouTube channel is dead but if you look him up on Instagram you can see more recent pictures.

djwurm2 karma

I never understood why he just stopped posting videos.. I watched them all and then nothing for a long time then one day a video pops up saying they will be giving more updates then nothing since. it feels like a year since the last video

AtomicUndergroundNik4 karma

It has been a year. Can’t explain it he’s just busy

crake4 karma

That’s pretty cool!

Is it impossible to get permits to do construction though?

How big is it inside (hard to tell from the video)?

AtomicUndergroundNik14 karma

In total over 6000sf but the main floor are 1000sf x 3 floors.

Permits are easy since it’s non commercial and no structural changes have been made.

RadicalRobot1 karma

If you make it into an escape room, won't that be a commercial enterprise?

AtomicUndergroundNik1 karma

Yes it will be then. But not now

wushudeathkick4 karma

How deep does your man missile hole go?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

180’

wushudeathkick2 karma

Radical

AtomicUndergroundNik3 karma

Bodacious

Ladfromnw3 karma

Please change your attitude pal, anyone saying “that’s out of average joes reach” please reply, “why yes, yes it is and when the end of the earth comes via nuclear bombing I will crawl out like a rich shiny cockroach whereas you my friend will be cinders”

In all honesty and joking aside, truly amazed at this. Here’s a question, everyone worries whilst at home should they have an accident/fire etc but most of us take out our mobiles everywhere and call the local emergency services. Although a lot of households (in the UK at least) don’t even have a landline anymore, do you intend of having a landline on each floor in the event of an emergency as I’d imagine there isn’t signal?

AtomicUndergroundNik12 karma

I should but people usually don't respond well to being called "Peasants" lol. I'm also not always an @$$hole, but sometimes I am.

My friend's site is wired with backup power and networked so cell phones work inside. I intend to do the same.

AtomicUndergroundNik9 karma

Hey guys, stop downvating this guy. Look carefully and see the satire in his post. I found it funny and upvote worthy.

Grandpa_Dan3 karma

Much better use of such an atrocity. It sounds like a really cool project. Where is it?

AtomicUndergroundNik6 karma

Little Rock, Ar

privatecrunch983 karma

How did you find the listing for the silo? Is there a missilesilorealty.com site or something?

AtomicUndergroundNik6 karma

There is a site called 21st-century castles that sells silos and other sites. There is currently one for sale for 350,000 in Tucson. I Found mine through a friend who has another site in Arkansas.

DogePerformance3 karma

Are you the guy that posted on arf a year ago or so?

AtomicUndergroundNik11 karma

I posted on iAMA about 6 months ago but I forgot proof so it was deleted. No idea on ARF but I could have been GT from Death Wears Bunny Slippers.

SuperfluousCat2 karma

Is or was it Nuclear blast resistant? Would you let people in if it still is?

AtomicUndergroundNik8 karma

Titan II is the heaviest reinforced building that has ever been sold off that I know of. It can take a hit within 2 miles of some type of warhead. So yes it is nuclear resistant but it never had nbc filter systems. It would just seal off from everything for a month. It will get that capability in the future again. I have a plan for what will and won’t be in the building when it’s done and that plan will never be public.

fmydog2 karma

What made you want to pursue this? If already asked please let me know. I have more questions.

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

I toured the museum when I was a kid and when I found one for sale I just thought it would be a cool project which so far it has been

thebedspringking2 karma

What country/city would you launch the nukes at?

AtomicUndergroundNik3 karma

Definitely Washington DC then all of my home state of California.

HiIamChris2 karma

You basically bought a hole in the ground?

AtomicUndergroundNik7 karma

Yes exactly and I throw money into it

BimmyLarter2 karma

Maybe in 10 years I can afford to stay in the silo Airbnb, is it frowned upon to steal missiles like they're hotel soap?

AtomicUndergroundNik5 karma

Ask the Air Force. They stole mine

ReptileExile2 karma

You looking for a new best friend?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

You live in Arkansas?

ReptileExile2 karma

Close enough to it to be worth it.

AtomicUndergroundNik5 karma

Get my email from youtube. If you want to come out on silo workdays im always willing to accept friendly labor and I will buy lunch.

buzz86us2 karma

How do people find these is it general luck of the draw? Also are you assessed a lot in taxes for this site or just the land it occupies?

AtomicUndergroundNik3 karma

Google searching and talking to owners. Death wears bunny slippers has a video on how to find them. He actually found me mine. At the moment the taxes are $300 per year. In the future once its livable they will go up for sure.

seekingadvice39762 karma

Did you just buy the one they had listed recently? Insaw one for sale on a few prepper sites.

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

No mine was never listed for sale. Just happened to find one that was willing to sell to the right person.

IllustriousEchidnas2 karma

Are you into trepanning and LSD by chance?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

Don’t even know what that is so no

IllustriousEchidnas1 karma

You're a disgrace to missile silo owners everywhere, then. Up your game! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Leonard_Pickard

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

Atlas E has better floor space I guess

knarfolled2 karma

Is it in Arizona?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

Arkansas

tarheelaz2 karma

Is it in AZ?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

AR

tarheelaz3 karma

Nice! Theres a guy here who bought one and made it into a doomsday shelter. But congratulations it would be awesome to own a piece of history like that!

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

That was a Atlas F but thank you!

RadicalRobot2 karma

How many escape rooms have you played? What's your favorite one? What kind of escape room stuff are you planning with this?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

I’ve done a few. My plan is to have a launch consul and they have to run around the silo trying to stop North Korea from launching our missile. I have a whole plan for it with touch screens and switches

RadicalRobot1 karma

A few? Come on, gimme a number! I've done 28 :)

AtomicUndergroundNik1 karma

3

ArizonaGrown2 karma

Where is your silo? Im asking because my other half grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has stories of partying in abandoned silo sites there. So is it in Wyoming?

AtomicUndergroundNik3 karma

Titan II's were in Tuscon, Witchita and Little Rock. In Cheyenne you would be looking at a Minuteman most likely. Not as large but cool anyway.

ArizonaGrown3 karma

Yes you are right - I asked him and he confirmed it was a Minuteman. I have another question for you about your pilot license - who do you fly for with a private license? With a private you cant fly commercial right?

AtomicUndergroundNik6 karma

Correct, I had to work much harder after my Private. I'm an ATP and I have significant student debt to go with it. All worth the effort though.

lostinthe5301 karma

Do you ever think there is some old soviet ICBM still targeted at your man cave 💀?

AtomicUndergroundNik1 karma

Only if they are dumb

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AtomicUndergroundNik1 karma

The spiders don't go downstairs. The ones outside are huge in Arkansas.

neoncracker1 karma

Is their a way to drain the water at the bottom or do you have to pump it up over the top? The head for a pump like that be $$$$ . If I was a bit younger I love to do this. Super neat!

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

Actually the head pressure is the same either way you do it. To do the silo would be a $10,000 pump. A $230 pump can do the LCC just fine. I currently run the following pumps for approximately 1 hour once a month.

2 multi-quip 2” pumps ($230 each) in the access portal. Could drop to 1 now but I haven’t.

1 unknown pump I bought from death wears bunny slippers in the bottom of the LCC. I paid $200.

1 Home Depot basement pump $99 that keeps the long cableway dry.

There are more efficient setups that I can use in the future once I open the escape shaft. Most of the water leaks through there.

bestminipc1 karma

what's the best q&a set you got here that we should look at?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

I'm not sure what the best question has been but lots of nice people to talk to and a few to add to "my list" ;-p

bestminipc1 karma

What do you want to see?:

we want to see high quality content, detailed analysis of things, etc worthwhile longterm things

what was main purpose of making a youtube?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

I make videos to share interesting things. When I have enough other money I will get better cameras and mounts for the High Quality Content you speak of.

SuperGrover131 karma

Damn son, seems like something straight out of GTA.

Is your next purchase going to be a flying motorcycle with rockets?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

Do they exist, because I need it for my heist bunker and gun running missions.

Visualsound1 karma

Isn’t this an entire plot point of Reset by Brian Andrews?

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

Never heard of it

johnlen1n1 karma

What kind of escape room would it be? Would love it to be a Cold War based one where you have to stop the missiles being launched by finding the abort codes

AtomicUndergroundNik3 karma

First 30 minutes, NK hacks the missile and orders a launch. People try to stop that by using puzzles and such. Then two options: 1 - They succeed but now the missile will explode in the silo and they have to stop it.

2 - They don't succeed but they can try to auto destruct it on the way to Washington DC. The only problem is that I'm afraid some people would just sit back and watch DC burn :-)

johnlen1n2 karma

I'm on board with that. We Brits have burned DC down before, but now we might have to do it again 😊

AtomicUndergroundNik4 karma

Brit’s can’t even get out of the union they wanted #BREXIT2045

Fancy_Mammoth1 karma

How much does one of these silos cost and where can I purchase one?

AtomicUndergroundNik4 karma

There is one for sale in Arizona right now for 400k

Neknoh1 karma

Why are you uploading such short videos? I love these types of conversion projects, but I want to be able to keep it on on the side whilst doing things. There is something soothing about the process and something fascinating about the projects that I absolutely love.

AtomicUndergroundNik2 karma

Because I haven't done any editing. The plan is to put go pros on magnetic mounts as I do work then do editing back at home in the future. I now have 1 new go pro but in order to really capture the work we do I will need quite a few more. It will get there.

PrettyFlyForAFool-6 karma

Too difficult to just have pictures like the rest of the internet eh? Why does everything have to be a YouTube video.

AtomicUndergroundNik4 karma

I don’t know I guess I’m lazy

I_Adora_Fedoras-27 karma

That’s cute. My parents farm currently sits on top of what used to be a CLANDESTINE Nike missile base/early warning system, in the rural suburbs of the east coast. They’re a literally a 5-level deep underground monitoring facility. What’s the big deal here?

AtomicUndergroundNik6 karma

Nike sites are a little weird. Lots of floor space though. They arn't really hardened because they were not retaliatory weapons. Very cool that you have one.

I_Adora_Fedoras-8 karma

.....that’s why it’s 5 levels deep underground and in the middle of a suburb.

AtomicUndergroundNik4 karma

You mean in the middle of a target don't you? Nike sites were built to defend target cities and were usually within those cities. I'm not a prepper but if you think a Nike could take much of a hit I think you are wrong.

MrTHORN741 karma

Not all of them. There is/was a Nike missle site in the town I grew up in. It is 40 miles north of Chicago. I would guarantee you my home town wasn't the target.

AtomicUndergroundNik4 karma

I wouldn't want to be even 40 miles from Chicago when one of those massive russian nukes hit. Maybe the site would survive though.

AtomicUndergroundNik3 karma

By the way you got me interested. I'm trying to figure out what part of a "Clandestine" Nike complex your family owns. It is a Control Site or a Launch Site? I'm willing to be wrong (you know with proof) but it seems that the Nike magazines are only 1-2 levels and not hardend. I have toured the museum in San Francisco and it would not take a hit (1-2 feet of concrete no blast doors). It would deffenitly keep people out but has no NBC ventalation systems and was not environmentaly sealed. Again no disrespect but without proof I'm calling BS. Also as I can't find anything about clandestine missile sites anywhere. Eagerly awaiting proof.......