A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

This thing looks like it comes from Sci-Fi movies, or even straight out of Star Wars franchise. But it is not. What this building is and how is it being used we will see in this posting.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

This thing is called DON-2 or “Pill Box” as NATO calls it. It’s a part of Moscow anti missile defence system.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

What is it actually is a pyramid shaped unique radar system.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

Inside this pyramid there are four unique active antennas built by Soviet engineers in early 1980s. It was a huge step up over normal “rotating” radars. They have a delay of one or two seconds needed for a full spin of an antenna. During this time enemy target can sneak unnoticed especially if it’s a high speed missile.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

This radar is not rotating. Instead it has four huge antenna grids. Each consists of numerous smaller antennas. They all emit and receive signal at same time controlling one piece of sky without need of rotating. What differs them is a different phase of a wave. Before high speed computing era this technology was impossible.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

For this purpose Soviet ELBRUS computers were used in 1980s. They still make a heart of this tracking system thirty something years later.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

 

This is a workplace of Pill Box operators. In the middle is a chief of the station behind those ELBRUS monitors.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

And this is a workplace of his assistants.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

 

During a 1994 joint USA-Russian experiment when small metal spheres were dropped from Discovery shuttle  it was discovered that Pill Box “sees” objects as small as 5 cm diameter metal sphere.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

This station can detect and track up to 100 targets at same time and point intercept on ground missiles onto them.

 

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

In 1996 Soviet scientist Skloka received highest Russian state award “Hero of Russian Federation” for creating this technology.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

You can’t take photos of the most displays as it’s top secret and they being turned off if someone without security clearance is inside.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

Security is strictly controlled in this place.

 

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

The station is surrounded by “biological protection screen” from outside. It prevents animals and birds get roasted when all hundreds of microwave radars are firing off.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

When needed station can launch intercept up to twenty missiles like this one on display.

A Pill Box One of the Most Top Secret Russian Object

Pill Box station is unique and has no analogs in the world. Most parts of it are top secret and rare journalists can get an access inside. It’s a big luck Russian blogger Russoss sneaked in and now we can share those photos with the world.

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  1. No paint available? Looks ancient, those phones and monitors are like something from 30 years ago. Does it even work?

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