Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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!

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

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

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Nice view.  From a school probably.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Then later an S-200 appeared. It has a much longer range than the earlier ones.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Because of its longer range it has a semi-self guidance system. It could do basic guidance itself when it was far away from the guiding radar.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Iran and Poland still use those.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

They say it was one of the nicest looking Soviet air defense rockets.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

The more modern S-300. Basically, the S-300 is the best of what Russia sells abroad, as the S-400 is kept for it’s own use.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

So many countries use S-300’s and many countries wish they could.

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Air Defense Museum Stationed on the Street Next to Regular Houses

Hope you liked this little museum, and thanks to Said for the photos! His website is below:

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

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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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