2 Abandoned Nuclear Missile Silos around Saratov

Abandoned Nuclear Missile Silos around Saratov

Posted on May 25, 2014 by tim

 A few photos of missile launch facilities. Some of them are new, some are old, some are closed and some are unfinished. Most of them are from the Saratov city region. The first one you see above is an unfinished one, a silo for three R-14 missiles, which was being constructed near Saratov city in Russia in the 1960s and 1970s. Some say the reason for abandoning the project was that the rocket it was built for became obsolete before it was finished. Also some think that the project was found to be ineffective by placing three rockets in one place, because if it was nuked by the enemy three rockets would be lost at once.

The depth of the shaft should be around forty meters or 120 ft deep, however it is flooded now.  All three shafts were planned to be ten meters apart from each other, with a command center placed in between.

That’s another launching facility. It was built for the UR-100N missiles. There are more than twenty of such in the region, all abandoned.

The traces of work of the scrap metal hunters.

A room beneath the shaft’s thick walls.

Some time before it looked like this:

And these are “ruins” of another launch site. This one has not made it so well through all those years. Some rooms on the surface have survived.

But under the ground you can see rust and stinky oil. It’s flooded with this strange stinky substance.


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2 Responses to “Abandoned Nuclear Missile Silos around Saratov”

  1. Darius says:

    Don’t get poisoned by the liquid rocket fuel or related chemicals – it is a very nasty and very dangerous stuff!

    In case of hydrazine an about 2 cm splash on the skin cam mean sure death. A guy who without protection cut an empty hydrazine storage tank for scrap metal died a few months later.

  2. George says:

    Yeah, watch that first step, it’s a doozy!

    (or Dusey as the original saying went, as in “Duesenberg” automobiles.)

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