Since the 1950s there have been built some military objects on the Frantz Josef Land islands including Graham Bell island. They were aimed to protect the polar territories from a possible invasion from the American side. It was an important mission so many samples of new Soviet equipment were brought there for building and testing the objects.
These radar stations standing on the islands of Graham Bell Land were among those objects, they are still in a rather good condition.
The stations form the system intended to detect air, sea and ground objects, to determine the range of a targ, its speed and dimensions.
P-14, The building of the radar station and the antenna system “Defence”.
Such station helps to detect targets at a distance up to 400 km at the height of air targets up to 30 thousand meter
It is impossible to get inside the building today due to the thick layer of ice and snow.
The antenna itself is still faultless.
From the roof of the building one can manually rotate the entire structure without much effort.
Another similar antenna is broken though…
Mibile radioaltimeter PRV-11 “Vershina”.
It was tested in 1961 and was finally put into operation.
Its purpose is determination of altitude. The radioaltimeter could detect a fighter aircraft at the distance of 230 km.
Its devices and electronics are still inside.
Radio station P-35 “Saturn”. It was developed in the end of the 50s to have better performance and higher accuracy of targets detection. Put into operation in 1958.
This is how it looks from afar.
Interrogating radar – IFF system determinant.
These objects are still on the island but we can’t be sure they will stand there for long…