Abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy

Abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy

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The abandoned military bases of the Kuril Islands give an amazing insight into recent past. The bay was used by the Soviet Navy as a secret submarine base between 1978 and 1994. It was a home away from home for 3000 Soviet naval personnel and their families until the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Now, amid the rusted skeletons of trucks and abandoned three-storey barracks,

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Palace of Culture in the Ghost City of Pripyat, Chernobyl

Palace of Culture in the Ghost City of Pripyat, Chernobyl

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The Palace of Culture was a typical structure of the Eastern bloc. A building was dedicated to sports, education and culture. The huge buildings were central point for people to enjoy all kinds of recreational activities in Pripyat. Pripyat (1km from the reactor) was designed as an exemplar of Soviet planning for the 50,000 people who worked at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant till 1986. But the result of soviet planning was the worst nuclear accident in history. Now Pripyat is in a radioactive exclusion zone unfit for human habitation. It must have been a beautiful place before the accident.

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USA vs Russia – Attack Helicopters

USA vs Russia – Attack Helicopters

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Which one do you think is better? The American Apache AH-64 or the Russian Mi-28 Havoc?

AH-64A Specifications:
Length: 58.17 ft (17.73 m)
Height: 15.24 ft (4.64 m)
Weight: 15,075 lb (6838 kg) Standard Day
Wing Span (weapon platform): 17.15 ft (5.227 m)
Rotor Span: 48.00 ft (14.63 m)
Cruise Speed: (MCP) 150 kt (279 kph) 153 kt (284 kph)
Armament consists of:
M230 30mm Chain Gun
Hellfire II Missile System
Hydra 70 Rocket System

Mi-28 Havoc Specifications
Length: 55 ft, 9 in (17.01 m)
Height: 12 ft, 7 in (3.82 m)
Weights Empty: 17,845lb (8095kg)
Maximum Takeoff: 25,705lb (11,660kg)
Rotor Span: 56 ft, 5 in (17.2 m)
Speed: 162kt (300km/h / 184.8 mph)
Armament consists of:
SA-16 Gimlet AAMs
130 mm or 80 mm rockets
One 30 mm NPPU-28 cannon
AT-6 Spiral AT missiles

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