Kildin is a small Russian island in the Barents Sea, off the Russian shore, and about 120 km from Norway. The Kildin island is strategically positioned near the mouth of the Kola Bay, just 1,5 km off the coast of the Kola Peninsula. Until 1995, it housed the 616th specialized coastal missile regiment.
Since its establishment on the island in 1957, the regiment operated the S-2 cruise missiles and later the newer generation P-35. The missile complex was operated from underground facilities and was aimed at approaching enemy surface vessels
During World War 2 on the island were many tunnels, underground facilities for commanders, and storages. Back in the Soviet times, transport communication on the island was organized by the military. The military left the island in 1995, and the Kildin got deserted.
The climate in the north-western part is severe, typically the Arctic, but the southern and eastern parts, which go down to the sea, in summer look like alpine meadows. In the past, four vessels connected the island with the mainland. Nowadays, only one of them passes by, sailing from Murmansk to Ostrovnoy.
In the past I shared photos of an abandoned Military equipment found on the Russian Kildin Island. A couple of kilometers away from those abandoned vehicles, there is a rusty military radar KUNG, which was standing on a hillock and was clearly abandoned, since its antenna was lying next to it. The KUNG is a Soviet then Russian term for a standardized military vehicle module/trailer system.
The most widespread standard of KUNG frame-metal body-van was assembled from steel angles and angle bars, steering aluminum sheets outside, but inside – impregnated varnished plywood. The voids between the sheathing panels were filled with insulating foam. All bodies, regardless of specialization were supplied with heating, ventilation, lighting and ceiling light household equipment.
A fixed military radar towered on the flat granite stones. Around it was scattered Soviet equipment, which was obviously spoiled by hunters for precious metals, of which there was an abundance in Soviet electric devices and chips.
Palladium and gold, which are contained in large quantities in radio components and cards, forced the looters to throw all the equipment from the Soviet KUNG truck just on the ground. It is not clear why the equipment, which was so expensive at that time, was not removed from the island and was abandoned.