The former top-secret system Duga-1 has become a gigantic monument to the Cold War.
Object “Duga-1” is an over-the-horizon radar station for early detection of launches of intercontinental missiles. The complex located near Chernobyl, Chernobyl-2, was engaged in scanning the territory of North America during the years of the Cold War. The first test run was made in 1980.
View of the antennas from the roof in the city of Pripyat
There were three such complexes in total, the other two have already been dismantled. The complex in Chernobyl-2 survived due to the fact that it ended up in the Exclusion Zone.
Now the administrative buildings of the complex are looted and abandoned, the antennas are protected from extreme sportsmen and metal hunters.
Let’s take a look inside the administrative building. The building is very huge. They say that the soldiers rode bicycles here.
The remnants of multiple computers of the complex are scattered everywhere. Hunters for valuable metals pulled out and gutted everything that was possible.
Cemetery of system blocks
Location for some post-apocalyptic story
There was a canteen for the personnel of the Duga radar complex. Soviet murals about the conquest of space have been preserved on the walls
The building was riddled with through ventilation ducts (holes in the floor). After the explosion of the reactor, the ventilation ducts began to suck radiation into the building, which accumulated in the server boards.
It is dark on the first floor of the building, water is dripping from the ceiling, there are mountains of garbage underfoot, beams, glass, a lot of rusty iron.
Some equipment remains undamaged. It’s some kind of remote control, I think
The hall where the officers sat at the consoles in front of a large screen and watched North America.
This is a very secret room, which had increased protection, with the inscriptions “Top Secret”.
It must have been a server room, the whole floor is littered with printed circuit boards.
Technical manuals are handwritten in black ink.
It says «Top secret»
Activists of the Chernobyl zone are fighting for the inclusion of the Duga object in the UNESCO heritage fund in order to save this amazing object.