Interactive map ready the Future of Life Institute, which compiled post-Cold War nuclear targets in communist countries.
A total of 1,100 targets were announced that the United States and OTHER NATO countries would have bombed with nuclear weapons if there had been a clash with the countries concerned.
Unsurprisingly, most targets were designated within the Soviet Union — including today’s Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic states — but Washington, North Korea, and Soviet-era Eastern European countries would have deployed a number of nuclear weapons. and its allies.
In Hungary, a total of 15 targets have been designated for America’s nuclear attack – primarily civilian and military airports would have been scattered with nuclear charges.
Unlike, for example, targets within the Soviet Union, in Hungary, civilian and government buildings were not designed by Washington with such devices. In Moscow, for example, only five downtown atomic bombs would have been yellow, but Minsk, Sevastopol, Beijing, and Shanghai would have done the same.
According to U.S. plans published by the Future of Life Institute In Budapest’s catchment area, Ferihegy Airport and Tököly Airport would have been hit by a nuclear attack. A little further from the capital a Airport near Kiskunlacháza / Bankháza, obsession In Székesfehérvár the airport, currently functional as an industrial park, would have been attacked by a nuclear weapon.
In addition, NATO would have scattered it with nuclear weapons
- a ma MH Pope A military airport operating as a base airport,
- the Szombathely airport,
- Héviz-Balaton (formerly Braces),
- there was one Taszari military airport,
- the airport now known primarily as the “dead city” Saint King’s Free next to,
- the Kalocsa the airport,
- the Kecskemét military airport,
- the Szolnok helicopter base,
- the former Soviet-Hungarian airport Kunmadarason,
- the former berettyóújfalu Soviet military airport,
- the debreceni airport.
It is worth noting that NATO wanted to destroy most of Hungary’s civil and military airports with nuclear weapons, even barracks, armored bases and air defense complexes are not among the nuclear targets.
Together with Future of Life interactive maps, the Nukemap also an interactive map called the Nuclear Secrety project; on this one can see the devastation that a nuclear detonation can cause in a given area.
NATO’s arsenal contained the largest number of warheads causing nuclear detonation equivalent to 100-300 kilotonnes of TNT during the Cold War, the explosion of such an atomic bomb around Ferihegy Airport with the current population It would involve 40-80 thousand deaths and 150-330 thousand injuries. Nukemap certainly only counts the victims of the explosion and not the subsequent radiation, nuclear precipitation, it may have decades of effects.
A Cold War W80 nuclear warhead its operation would have wiped Rákoshegy, Miklóstelep, Almáskert and most of Vecsés off the face of the Earth, and the explosion would have killed 50,000 people at the current population.
Fortunately, there was not only a nuclear war, but also a limited clash between Hungary and NATO, and after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Hungary also became a member of NATO.
In the explanation of the Future of Life Institute, it brings to the map that presumably the possible targets of nuclear attacks have not changed much since the Cold War, this danger cannot be otherwise true. Hungary is nowhere near as prominent a strategic target as it was during the Cold War, partly due to its membership in NATO and partly due to the partial or complete closure of most of the airports included in the targets.
Most former airports have not been demolished to this day; the empty buildings are home to many Hungarian airsoft tracks, while the runways require small machines and amateur car racers.
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