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Duga – Soviet Woodpecker – Ukraine – August 2017


If you have ever seen the Divergent movie series you might have remembered the absolutely ridiculous fence that surrounded futuristic Chicago. It’s actually a nod to a fascinating piece of history that lies just outside Chernobyl. This radioactive wasteland saved this last Duga from being cut up for scrap.


Erected in the 70’s, this massive over the horizon radar mega structure is 750m long and 90 m high. It is as tall as a 30 story building and reportedly takes 40 mins to climb using ladders. We didn’t have time so only climbed the first quarter of it. When turned on it apparently consumed ten percent of the Chernobyl power plants output. It’s signal strong enough, to jam short wave radios around the world and telephone signals thousands of kilometres away. It sounded like a woodpecker and was a nuisance until it became obsolete.



Designed to detect missiles being launched from the US it was a magnificent land based attempt to do what satellites do now. See it soon as it is rumoured they may add wind turbines to the top.



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