The Russian Woodpecker


The Russian Woodpecker
This image is of the Duga radar; a Soviet over-the-horizon (OTH) radar system used as part of the Soviet anti-ballistic missile early-warning network. The radar was built near the Chernobyl Power Station as it consumed an immense amount of power to operate. The location of the radar was kept hidden; referred to only as a 'childrens' camp' on maps.

The Duga systems were extremely powerful, over 10 MW in some cases, and broadcast in the shortwave radio bands. They appeared without warning, sounding like a sharp, repetitive tapping noise at 10 Hz, which led to it being nicknamed by shortwave listeners as 'The Russian Woodpecker".

 



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