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  • Henrik Haupt

Nato radar station abandoned in Denmark

Updated: May 10


Radar station in Denmark seen from the road

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Radar Station Skovhuse, which previously housed Squadron 502. I would never say no to that kind, so one early morning I drove towards Stensved. Here I met him who was in charge of the area and who would show me around.

Radar station in Denmark seen from the forest

The radar station was ready in 1954 and was to be part of the monitoring of Danish airspace. Skovhuse radar station was one of six radar stations spread across Denmark, so you had the best overview for the security of the Danish airspace, and a part of Nato airspace.

The first radar in Skovhuse could see planes at a distance of 160 km, but in 1970 the green dome with a new radar was built, and this could see planes at a distance of approx. 220 km. This meant that during the Cold War, you could see planes in the GDR and Poland. To increase the range, tall concrete towers were built to get the radar up over the tree line. Over 100 employees and conscripts were associated with both the Radar Station in Skovhuse and the associated barracks located in Stensved.

Radar station in Denmark seen from the forest road
Radar station in Denmark emergency exit

The demolishing of the radar station

From 1982, the radar station was remotely controlled from the bunker in Vedbæk, which was located by the Defense Command building. I also visited it a few years ago, and you can see the pictures from my visit here.

At the same time, a large part of the employees was moved, but there have been employees attached to the radar station until today.

The radar was shut down on May 2, 2003, and through the following year, the radar was taken down.

In 2014, three of the four towers that stood in forest houses were blown up.

You can see the explosion in the video below.

Radar station technical rooms
Radar station bunker in Denmark

Under the administration building, there were piles that could house some of the radar operators and other personnel needed to secure the area.

In addition to the berths in the hallways, there were various technical rooms, which still had some small things standing, and otherwise, the basement was largely empty. Therefore, most of the bunker was not very interesting to photograph. Besides, they had gathered a room with various documents that you might use for visits from outside. But unfortunately, I was not allowed to photograph these during my visit, hence the slightly limited photo documentation.

After the relocation, the barracks in Stensved were taken over by the Home Guard, and the civilian personnel could continue their employment, now employed in the Home Guard. The radar station has later been used both as a training area and for use in various courses.

Radar station exterior
Radar station inside
Radar station exterior in Denmark

The place has a lot of history and compared to the time when the radar station was in use. It was really fascinating to walk around and look at papers and look at the different things that have been used to protect the area.

Over time, I have visited quite a few different things and places that were in use during the Cold War. They often contain a lot of mystery and always a lot of exciting stories that I love to go searching for.