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!
There are over 400 missiles and artillery cannons stationed around these older apartment buildings in Balashikha.
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.
Until 1982, these S-25 were protecting Moscow skies. Sometimes they are still used as targets for shooting by more modern missiles.
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.
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.
And those are some radar units used to guide the missiles.
This is an S-125 – the next step in S-missile evolution.
These missiles can be deployed on self propelled chassis and are still used by some armies nowadays, like Egypt and Syria for example.
Nice view. From a school probably.
Then later an S-200 appeared. It has a much longer range than the earlier ones.
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.
Iran and Poland still use those.
They say it was one of the nicest looking Soviet air defense rockets.
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.
So many countries use S-300’s and many countries wish they could.
Hope you liked this little museum, and thanks to Said for the photos! His website is below: