Somewhere in the depths of the forest, at the edge, there is a whole underground military city. No, it does not stretch for tens of kilometers and does not have ultra-high-speed elevators at all. However, this city penetrates the earth to a depth of 15 floors! He is also responsible for launching a number of nuclear missiles into the air. This city is the battle shield of our country. This city is the command post of the missile forces. And this city fell.
The Strategic Missile Forces are a special branch of the military that carries out the nuclear defense of the country. The so-called "Nuclear Shield" of Russia.
The main armament of the Strategic Missile Forces is all Russian mobile and silo-based land-based ICBMs with nuclear warheads.
Today we will talk specifically about the silo-based ballistic missiles and go straight to an abandoned command post, from where orders were previously given to launch missiles that are in the combat armament of the regiment.
So why is such a serious object in such a deplorable state? The answer is simple: the entire regiment was disbanded not so long ago, but for some reason it was not liquidated.
Night: quiet, starry. From somewhere the heart-rending screams of an owl can be heard. We, in the composition of several people, now and then run from side to side, breaking the twilight expanses with the light of bright tactical lanterns.
Where is he, well where ?! Everyone was very tired. Almost an hour of searching in a forest area. Several kilometers to the nearest settlement, more than tens of kilometers to the nearest town. No food, no drink, only lanterns, the edge of the forest and very vague information about the place.
Personally, I am already tormented by big doubts about the correctness of everything that is happening here. I call the guys to my place.
“Enough, let's get out of here, it won't end well,” I squeeze wearily. "- Now let's go, we need to call Seryozha, he went deep into the forest out of need."
"- Sereeeezhaaa!" - we shout in chorus - “We are leaving! Where are you? "
For about 5 minutes there was neither hearing nor spirit from Seryozha, then a body jumped out between two trees and ran in our direction with loud cries. At first we thought it was a bear. Or, God forbid, some other animal utensils. But the realization that this is our Seryozha, fortunately, came soon enough. A little later, we also managed to make out what exactly he was shouting.
“- Uraaa! Nasheeeel! "
Honestly, I don't know what exactly I felt at that moment. Either it was a joy, like: "Well, really, apparently they really didn’t come here in vain," or it was a cry of despair like: “Damn it, Seryozha, why did you find something there, after all, it’s one o'clock in the morning, and we almost left here! "
One way or another, the whole company hobbled to see what he had dug up.
And he dug up in the literal sense of the word. Everyone lined up around a small fossa made by simple movements of the legs. And in this hole one could see the features of a germoluke.
"- Oh wow…"
Everyone immediately forgot about fatigue and sleep, interest in the find did not give rest to anyone. At first we somehow managed to lift the hatch, then one by one we plunged inside.
Below we were met by a tunnel with embedded cables, but for some reason the entire cable was dismantled.
Did we really find what we were looking for? The answer is obvious: yes. But nobody believed it.
Meanwhile, a gray winding tunnel leads us to a massive white hermetic door.
Behind her is another, not so healthy.
And only after passing the vestibule of two hermetic doors, we finally believed in what we found. Behind them is a bunker for command personnel, suspended by springs.
Such a simple design has been implemented so that people in the bunker can withstand a direct nuclear strike with the greatest comfort, although I can hardly imagine this depreciation system in action.
But the bunker is not what we came here for. Moreover, he is in a completely deplorable state. A couple of minutes of jogging through the premises of the shelter, and the coveted opening was found. In it, a long white walker, as tall as a man, goes into the depths.
You have to walk long enough here. Every now and then there are turns, steps. The walker goes lower and lower to the depth, until finally it leads to a white hermetic door with a mechanical drive:
Behind her is the second one:
And having overcome the lock of two hermetic doors, we find ourselves in the very heart of the "underground city". In the so-called "glass" of the UKP.
I won't lie, this thing is very deep. It all looks something like this (the photo was found on the Internet):
If we look specifically at this layout, we are now at the very top of the glass, on the side that did not enter the frame.
Below we see the circular ceiling of the command post itself. While in the mine, it, like the bunker, is suspended on springs to absorb vibrations from a direct nuclear strike. Unfortunately, the last two floors (with diesel) at the command post were cut when the regiment was disbanded.
Before the disbandment, there was a round-the-clock combat duty here.
Dozens of military men were ready, on command, to launch the missiles in service with the regiment. The missiles themselves were hidden in silos (Mine - Launchers). The latter are the same mines as in the UKP, only instead of the command post blocks, the entire mine room is occupied by one large ICBM, and the silo cover has a hydraulic lifting / closing mechanism.
Before directly launching a rocket from a silo, or if it is necessary to service it, this cover rises up. This happens in about 6 - 8 seconds, given its weight: 130 tons, this is just something incredible.
Lid lifted (photo from the Internet):
But a photo of one of the silos of the disbanded regiment with this UKP, it was abandoned at the construction stage, so the top cover is not visible, which greatly simplified photography.
In the meantime, we continue to inspect the UCP, go down below:
The door leads to the UKP blocks. From each block there is a staircase to the level below, which, in principle, is clear from the diagram I have already presented.
If you look down from the roof of the blocks, the bottom is not visible at the maximum possible brightness of the lanterns.
And here is a view upward, towards the door through which we passed (on the left) and the protective cover of the UCP.
We did not go down to the very bottom of the glass, since the stairs were in a rather depressing state, and the blocks of the control room itself were also poorly preserved.
Having examined everything, we go to the exit, back, to a lonely hatch in the thicket of the forest, concealing a whole underground city.