A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

We have got a chance to visit a PRO-object that used to be a sensitive military site in Soviet times.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

Danube-3U is a PRO A-35M early warning station that was put into operation in 1978. That was a sensitive military site in Soviet times. Today the place is still guarded safely though it is now possible to get access to some of its parts.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

It has many construction similarities with Danube-3M that was burnt to ashes and abandoned after that.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

The station consists of transmission and receiving antennas that are united with a road and cable gallery.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

It is not possible to enter the territory of transmission antenna due to abundance of soldiers on it.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

However, the area next to the receiving antenna was under reconstruction and could be entered.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

Fragments of left equipment.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

Antenna surface.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

Inside the antenna.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

Seeds picked up by the wind are taken here where they keep growing in complete darkness.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

Interior supports are based on concrete grounds and look very reliable.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

The inside space has a lot of corridors and stairs used to move across different layers of the antenna.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

The elevator is moving along the inclined area.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

The entire place is covered with cables.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

All the floors look similarly.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A door of a strange shape.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

The last level.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

The stairs lead to the roof.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

The place is inhabited by pigeons.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

On the roof.

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

A Top Secret Soviet Object

Location: Chekhov

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19 thoughts on “A Top Secret Soviet Object”

  1. The level of secrecy speaks good uncut grass and bushes next to the fence with barbed wire. The station does not seem abandoned but not used.

      • but only in a phased-array kind-of-way 🙂
        Probably (not 100% sure) Ballistic early warning radar, flat antenna made from many small antennas linked together at exact distances, fed by cables of very specific lengths, with programmable electronic delays, combined into one large antenna electronically. This is why so many kilometers of cable (and the metal shelf-brackets to hold them in place)
        Similar in function to BMEWS PAVE PAWS operated by US and UK at about 420-435 MHz.
        c/f DON-2N system, covered by Englishrussia late 2010

  2. I hope so :)…. Well, I don’t know if it of any use now, when the military satellite systems see much better and radiotelescopes for atmospheric radiowaves screening can be made of existing infrastructure, besides, Chile has some Russian stations to monitor any missile launches from US territory.

  3. Where are all of Scientists and Engineers, who design and build these kind of “high tech of its time” surveillance systems ? ? ?may be Chinese hire them and saving his decades of R&D.the system is complex and reliable.prove ?tell me single “incursion”of US in Soviet air space,but Red Square “adventure” is exception ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • Red Square “Adventure” was more a national embarrassment. How else can you explain an inexperienced 18 yr old pilot stealing a light aircraft, penetrating Soviet air space all the way to Moscow and landing in Red Square? It gave Gorby the excuse he needed to eliminate several high ranking military officials! Even though he was tracked and interceptors followed him, he was also misidentified by local air controllers as a “friendly”.

    • A BTW there was a time when the U.S. routinely penetrated Soviet air space at will, with impunity, until Gary Powers got shot down. How often did the Soviets successfully overfly the U.S. back then too? We know they did. Do not believe the hype that these kinds of systems are impenetrable.

    • We (U.S.) do, plenty of them. Although many like Titan missile silos have been decontaminated and sold off for private use. There are many other types of sites too. In fact the U.S. has abandoned cold war era sites all over the globe. Here’s one in Germany.
      http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/10/teufelsberg/?viewall=true

      • And here is a surviving a Nike Missile Base in Newport, MI that’s been decommissioned, abandoned and left to natural decay. http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten.com/Abandoned%20Nike%20Missile%20Site,%20Newport%20MI.htm

    • There are plenty outside the US. See the CobraMist USAF over-the-horizon radar system;

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobra_Mist
      http://www.century20war.co.uk/page35.html

    • Well, there are a fair number of former missile sites and bomb shelters in the US that are now used as housing (mostly by paranoid persons who want something that can survive a nuclear blast).

      Most of the radar stations have been taken down (recycled). However, you get up into the Canadian Arctic and the DEW Line installations, there are a fair number of them simply abandoned and left as they are. Maybe I will make it a ‘trip’ this summer to get picks of one of them (and share it here).

  4. The Amerikans are smart, instead of abandoning their sensitive military sites, they restore and put ‘dummy’ missiles, bullets, radar, warheads back in and charge admission price for tourists to visit and take pictures.

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