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26 Jan, 2018 22:53

Breathtaking scale of Moscow radar station revealed in drone footage (VIDEO)

Breathtaking scale of Moscow radar station revealed in drone footage (VIDEO)

A drone has captured breathtaking footage of a snow-covered early warning radar station situated near the Russian city of Pushkino.

A futuristic structure reminiscent of the pyramid-shaped skyscrapers featured in the science fiction classic Blade Runner, the Don-2N radar station in Sofrino, around 50 kilometers north of Moscow, is part of an early warning system that detects incoming ballistic missiles.

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Indeed the radar itself is so sensitive that it can detect any object larger than five centimeters coming into the atmosphere.

The 33-meter tall structure, which runs on an Elbrus-2 supercomputer, is in a constant state of alert and can target ICBMs at a range of 3,700 kilometers. Elbrus machines are used in the space program, nuclear weapons research and systems in the 1-135 anti-ballistic missile complex deployed around the Russian capital.

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Footage from a drone shows the behemoth pillbox station towering above an isolated clearing between the villages of Balabanovo and Bortnevo. A blanket of snow covering the site and frost touched forest in the distance can be seen as the drone sweeps overhead.

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