Today we are going to visit the legendary and mysterious Chernobyl-2 and have a close look at a masterpiece of a constructive idea, feel the spirit of the past epoch of “the cold war”.
Going to an aerial site
Officially “Chernobyl-2” is called as the long-haul radio center. Chernobyl-2 is a “shadow” of a small and calm Chernobyl city. Most of the secret objects of military operations support were named as their ordinary neighbouring cities. Probably it was a way to confuse reconnaissance of an enemy.
Absolutely covert facilities 20 years ago, it was a pearl of space reconnaissance and a dream of soldiers allowing to watch rotation of all possible ground targets not only over Europe but even “see” firing activity of a potential enemy in the Continent of North America. Very powerful and super modern radars let the military literally look over the horizon.
Thanks to its abilities it got its name – “Duga-1” – over-the-horizon radars. There were only three similar radars in the Soviet Union -in Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Chernobyl.
The height of the big antenna – 150 m, of the small one – 90 m, their overall length – 900 m.
Can you imagine how huge it is?
According to different versions they invested 500 million to 1,5 billion dollars in “Chernobyl-2”. It is two times more expensive than it was invested in the construction of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.
Entering the building
Space communication center
On the roof – these empty platforms of satellite antennas can be clearly seen on Google photos.
A way to the check-point
One of the dismantled antennas
Boundary circle antenna
The main building
Even a fire truck was found on the territory