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This image captures the Duga-1 array within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

The Duga-1 was was part of the Soviets attempt at an early ballistic missile defense warning system.

The Duga-1 systems were extremely powerful, over 10 MegaWatt in some cases, and broadcast in shortwave radio bands. They appeared without warning, sounding like a sharp, repetitive tapping noise, which led to it being nicknamed by shortwave listeners the Russian Woodpecker

The array has pairs of cylindrical/conical cages, which were the driven elements (Antennas receivers and transmitters), fed at the facing points with a form of ladder line suspended from stand-off platforms at the top.

The Duga-1 is now part of the Chernobyl exclusion zone after the nuclear disaster of April 26th 1986. You can see the rusting starting to appear on the supports and also the land is slowly returning back to nature.

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