11 Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Posted on January 2, 2016 by tim


There is a small city called Balashikha near Moscow, and it has a unique air defense artillery museum that is mostly situated outdoors and is surrounded by regular houses that people live in – you can see one in the background here. So whenever people leave their apartments each day to go run their regular errands, they see the missiles everywhere. And it’s all just a few kilometers from Moscow. Said, the photographer, has visited this place so let’s see what he got there!

There are over 400 missiles and artillery cannons stationed around these older apartment buildings in Balashikha.

Nice view from the window isn’t it? At least it is very unusual! This is an S-25 “Berkut” which began to be used by the army in 1955.

Until 1982, these S-25 were protecting Moscow skies. Sometimes they are still used as targets for shooting by more modern missiles.

This is an S-75 – a missile with longer range added. It was widely used in Vietnam and lots of US planes were taken down by rockets like these.

They say that American pilots called those missiles “flying telegraph poles” because of their excess length. If you watched the “Bridge of Spies” this year, then the Gary Powers U-2 scout plane was shot down by this missile as well.

And those are some radar units used to guide the missiles.

This is an S-125  – the next step in S-missile evolution.

These missiles can be deployed on self propelled chassis and are still used by some armies nowadays, like Egypt and Syria for example.

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11 Responses to “Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses”

  1. Alain says:

    As you showed it perfectly some months ago, it is normal for the Russian army to use civilian premises to shoot on its enemies (katioushas firing on the Ukrainian army from near inhabited buildings in Donetsk, for those with short memories…)

    Video back here :
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=193_1417559617

    So, nothing unusual here…

  2. kwhunter says:

    better have missiles than a garbage dump next to your apartment building.

  3. john says:

    Interesting to see the evolution of Russian missile defense system.The S 400 system is the best in the world,and now the S 500 . That’s something.

  4. aldebaran says:

    Dude… this is a museum not a missile site…

  5. RB says:

    This is the best place for museum, the kids love this stuff. They can imagine flying to the moon riding the rockets.

  6. Oscar Goldman says:

    Now, that’s a nice Musuem near your home!

  7. ausGeoff says:

    Is there any logical reason as to why all these images couldn’t be posted on one single page? Having to click through two images at a time is extremely annoying. I just can’t be bothered. Sorry.

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