Command posts of armies, underground bunkers and secret military bases – there are places on earth that governments spare neither money nor effort to protect and defend. In fact, these are full-fledged fortresses, the assault of which will result in huge losses for the enemy. Some of them – in the material of RIA Novosti.
Demilitarized Zone (Korea)
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), dividing the Korean Peninsula along the 38th parallel, is the most closed and guarded border on the planet. A strip of land 241 kilometers long and four kilometers wide is completely closed to both civilians and military personnel. Border guards shoot offenders without warning. The DMZ is literally dotted with minefields, and an impressive military force is concentrated on either side of it.
Of the 10.5 thousand artillery pieces and MLRS of the DPRK ground forces, eight thousand are in the immediate vicinity of the border. They are capable of opening heavy fire on the advancing enemy troops, they can shell Seoul. From the north, the DMZ is guarded by about 300 thousand soldiers, the western and eastern coasts are covered by one hundred thousand groups. Near the border there is a network of underground shelters, communication tunnels and fortified bunkers. To break through this defense, if possible, then only with huge losses.
On the South Korean side, two of the three ground armies are deployed. In terms of numbers, they are inferior to their neighbors, but they are incomparably better equipped and equipped. In addition, there are three US military bases in the republic, which will come to the aid of the allies in the event of the outbreak of hostilities. In particular, the American THAAD missile defense systems are on duty near the DMZ.
Command post NORAD (USA)
The heart of US national security is the three-kilometer Cheyenne Mountain in the vicinity of Colorado Springs and hidden under it NORAD – the Joint Aerospace Defense Command Center, which controls the American and Canadian air defense and missile defense systems. In the event of a nuclear war, the political and military leadership will lead the troops from this bunker.
The construction of the underground base began in 1961. In three years, a system of artificial caves was created: three tunnels (length 180 meters, height 20 meters, width 15 meters) were crossed by four more (length 100 meters, height 17 meters, width ten meters), forming a kind of lattice. 15 metal structures were placed in the cells, 12 of which are actually three-storey buildings, the rest have one or two levels. The outer shell of 9.5mm mild steel is supported by an inner steel frame. The structures are mounted on springs and can withstand an earthquake or a blast wave after a nuclear strike.
The entrance to the “Doomsday bunker” – a curved one and a half-kilometer tunnel, piercing through Cheyenne Mountain – is closed by a massive hermetic seal door weighing 25 tons and a meter thick. A multi-echeloned air defense system is deployed in the vicinity, and the security units are capable of withstanding a multi-day siege.
Access Denied Zones (Russia)
Washington has repeatedly argued that in the event of a military conflict with Russia, the primary task of the US Army is to neutralize the so-called Anti-Access / AreaDenial (A2AD) zones. This is how the Pentagon calls the enemy territory covered by a powerful air defense system, anti-ship missiles, coastal and operational-tactical strike systems, and electronic warfare. In Russia, these are the Crimea and the Kaliningrad region. NATO believes that the troops there will suffer unreasonably high losses.
In Kaliningrad – the headquarters of the Baltic Fleet, in the region – an impressive inter-service military grouping. In particular, the Iskander missile launcher is deployed here. In the zone of their defeat there are European NATO bases and American missile defense facilities. The region is protected from air attacks by two anti-aircraft missile brigades and three electronic warfare regiments.
Crimea – the base of the Black Sea Fleet – is protected by coastal anti-ship complexes.
The firing range is up to 500 kilometers, they can even reach the Turkish coast. Any ship in the Black Sea is their potential target. In addition, the 22nd Army Corps with headquarters in Sevastopol is stationed on the peninsula. It includes the 1096th separate anti-aircraft missile regiment with modern air defense systems to repel an air attack. The formations of the 4th Army of the Aerospace Forces and the Air Defense are in close connection with the air defense forces.
Yulin Naval Base (China)
One of the most secret objects of the PRC is located on the island of Hainan. For the first time, the Americans reported on this base in 2008, providing satellite images of two 950-meter piers and four smaller berths. According to experts, two aircraft carrier strike groups or large universal amphibious ships can be simultaneously deployed in Yulin.
But the most interesting thing is hidden from satellites: the main infrastructure is located in rocky caves.
According to the Pentagon, strategic nuclear submarines with 12 ballistic nuclear missiles each are based there. There is enough space for two dozen submarines.
Hainan Island and the Yulin base belong to the Southern Military District – the most powerful in the Chinese Armed Forces. It is not surprising, since Beijing views the South China Sea as its fiefdom and reacts very painfully to US attempts to act in this area.