The place we are going to speak about in this post is really hard to visit. It’s surrounded by a fence and guarded by special men with dogs. This is the highly protected Command Post of the Missile Division. Its building wasn’t finished – the military abandoned it in 2010. And now it’s being actively sawed up into pieces of metal…
Having lost its top, the “sphere” (also known as a “hedgehog”) became a bit less attractive though its inner structure is now much better seen.
The sphere was designed to enable survival during a nuclear war.
A hollow metal ball was built inside a large mine. Then a huge 4-story module block was suspended on huge shock absorbers inside of it. It contained control and communications equipment, life support systems and rest rooms.
The top of the ball was closed by a semicircular lid. The space between the walls of the ball and the walls of the mine was filled with granular materials absorbing shock tectonic waves. The ball itself consisted of several layers of metal. Empty spaces between them, and between the ball and the lid were filled with high-strength concrete.
The military took out all the equipment in 2010. Now you can see only empty halls inside the module. All that was left by the army was taken out by lovers of copper and other nonferrous metals.
At the level of the upper floor there is a gateway through which one can get inside the sphere. Once there were three protective sealed doors. Now only two left.
As it was mentioned before, the module is suspended on shock absorbers. It is intended to compensate vibrations in soil and not allow the module to hit the inner walls of the ball during the explosion.
Shock absorbers are fastened to the edges of the ball. The picture also shows the remains of the upper part of the ball.
The outer part of the ball is made of reinforcing loops and tubes with coolant.
The last look at the “hedgehog” which will be probably completely destroyed by the beginning of this summer.