Photos of an abandoned Soviet P-18 radar in the winter woods. The P-18 was operated by the Soviet Union from 1970 and though it has since become obsolete it was passed down to successor states after the fall of the Soviet Union. Discover rusty and abandoned P-18 radar trucks.
The photos were taken by Comdig Urban Exploration Group. They are photographers and explorers based in Russia. The Comdig Group has been documenting urban decay, industrial abandonments, and rural decomposition since 2010.
A few weeks ago the Comdig Urban Exploration Group found an abandoned mobile radar station “Terek”. The station has been standing in the pine woods of the Leningrad region for several decades. Wandering waist-deep in snow, they came to a strange brick building. It turned out that this was a transformer substation, behind which the group found several forgotten military trucks.
If you look closely at the details, you will notice that two trees have already sprouted behind the bumper of one of the Ural trucks. The trucks must have been abandoned here a long time ago.
The P-18 was operated by the Soviet Union from 1970 and though it has since become obsolete it was passed down to successor states after the fall of the Soviet Union. The radar continues to serve in many client and third world states who received the P-18 from the Soviet Union by export. Many P-18 have been upgraded and continue to serve in the military and air traffic control role across the world.
The P-18 early warning radar is a development of the earlier P-12 radar, the P-18 radar being accepted into service in 1970 following the successful completion of the program. The P-18 was developed by the SKB Design Bureau, a division of State Plant No.197 named after V. I. Lenin who developed the previous P-12, the predecessor of the current Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Radio Engineering (NNIIRT). In 1979 a new secondary IFF radar the 1L22 “Parol” entered into service to complement the P-18, unlike the previous secondary radar NRS-12 (NATO “Score Board”) the new interrogator was carried on a separate truck.
The P-18 radar includes two trucks based on the Ural vehicles, which we saw above in the photographs. The first truck — the control room with transmitting and receiving equipment, operator workstations, and anti-jamming equipment.
The second truck has an antenna mast device. The radar provides the ability to change the height and angle of inclination of the antenna. The autonomous power supply system includes two AD-10 units located in trailers behind the transformer substation.
Surprisingly, after decades of inactivity, the machines are still in rather good condition! You may notice that even the windshields and side windows are covered with moss and fungus, but inside — the trucks are still as good as new, and the units and frame below are not at all rusted.
Not so far from this place, as it turned out, was a former military training ground. On one of the stands of this military site, high-voltage tests of various equipment were carried out in the USSR.
Most likely, that mobile radar complex was subjected to some kind of tests at this high-voltage stand.
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