Proving ground

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For other uses, see Proving ground (disambiguation).

A proving ground is the US name for a military installation or reservation where weapons or other military technology are experimented with or are tested, or where military tactics are tested. The usual British term is training area.

While these types of facilities are usually military or government establishments, some civilian industries have their own proving grounds for testing prototypes and new technologies.

Military and Government[edit]

Australasia[edit]

Australia[edit]

Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Military Area Boletice, Czech Republic

There are five proving grounds in the Czech Republic with the total area of 1296 km2.

Finland[edit]

Germany[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Italy[edit]

Poland[edit]

  • Drawsko Pomorskie (340 km2) belongs to Polish Army and Air Force (since 1946), since 1996 also used by NATO. This facility is internationally known as DPTA - Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area. It is also an important site of archeological excavations.
  • Ośrodek Szkolenia Poligonowego Wojsk Lądowych Żagań (about 34,000 ha) in Żagań County and Bolesławiec County; belongs to Polish Land Forces also used by NATO

Portugal[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Russia/former Soviet Union[edit]

In Russia a designated are is usually called a "polygon" (Полигон).

North America[edit]

Canada[edit]

United States[edit]

In the United States, there are several military facilities that are designated as Proving Grounds.


Civilian Facilities[edit]

Automakers[edit]

Other automotive[edit]

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