Military object «ARC» in Konjic, BiH. In the town of Konjic, the area of the site of the former military industry “Igman” Konjic, on the right bank of the river Neretva, there are three camouflage buildings that are actually an entrance to the secret property that was built in the interior of local mountains.
The building is called ARC with much similarities to Noah’s arc but in terms of keeping president survive from bombings to Atomic bomb strikes so this large underground facility consists of three parts! Story via Bljesak
The facility consists of three parts: First outer part (overhead), which consists of three buildings, like cottages, and primarily serve to camouflage the three entrances to the building,
2nd The tunnels that connect the outdoor and protected part of the building and also have the function to absorb a nuclear attack,
Third part of the protected object (protected air conditioning and other systems) where a total of 21 built-in systems with operation and technical maintenance of the facility.
All of these systems are still in use.
Building No.1 at the same time would be above ground and residence of Tito.
Building No. 2 would serve to accommodate the people who would physically guard the building.
Building No. 3 would be used to house technical personnel that cares about president.
The main purpose of the object D-0 was to accept, accommodate and protect the Supreme Command, narrower part of the Presidency and the Government of Yugoslavia, that they provide optimal conditions for the operation, command and control ground especially in crisis situations and in case of danger of a nuclear attack on Yugoslavia.
Construction of the facility began in March 1953, the decision of the military leadership of the former Yugoslav National Army, JNA.
For twenty-six (26) years of lasting work on building this facility in the utmost secrecy, so that the citizens of Konjic municipality did not know how this facility was built in their immediate vicinity. Property “ARC” was labeled “the most rigorous state secret”, which in itself speaks to in how much secrecy it was built and how little people knew about it.
In 1979, the facility was officially handed over to the crew of the former JNA, which consisted of 16 military personnel.(By ethnicity: 9 Serbs, 4 Bosniaks and 3 Croats).
Workspace are in the facility is about 6400 square meters.
The fact that the functional duties of only four (4) General Army had authorization to enter into this building, says enough itself.
The entry permit for the facility had only and exclusively, Chief SSNO, Chief of Staff of the JNA, the First Chief Directorate of Security and Chief SSNO connection.
As additional facilities, and within this, they were objects in the surrounding hills around the “ARK” and: Index, Kiser and Borašnica, where they have located radio-relay hub for the whole of the former Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, the aforementioned additional objects during the war years (1992-1995) were destroyed by Serbian paramilitary units.
For the construction of the building “ARK” Yugoslav government spent 4.6 billion US dollars and at the time this project has presented the third largest investment in the JNA in military purposes. Capacity of the protected part of the building “ARK” is that it can accommodate 350 people for an unlimited period where they are to safety from nuclear attack of 25 kilotons, while the same are the optimal conditions for life and work with a constant air temperature is 21-23 degrees Celsius and relative humidity air from 50 to 6o per thousand. The facility is located underground at the deepest point, 280 meters away.
Otherwise, as we have noted, the protected part of the building is in the shape of a horseshoe (see attached sketch of the object) and make it 12 blocks of functionally related.
Because of this protected part of the building has two entrances. Entering the building no.2 first encounter with the block number 7, which represents a kitchen-dining block. Below are blocks 10 and 11 (on the left or right side of the hallway). In block 10 are tanks with oil and aggregates.
There are two tanks with 25 tons of oil and still is a living tank with 2 tons of oil. (For an hour in the house requires about 200 liters of oil). Further, there is a system for fire protection with 10 bottles of 24, 2 kg of halon, which is automatically activated to fire in case of a possible fire. There are also filters for purification of heating, these 10 pieces impeccably clean, battery cells, a control box for block 10, engine brand “Torpedo”, which is used for auxiliary power connections and resources. Furthermore, there are 2 sets of backup power facilities of 560 KW, as well as the command table for 2 sets. Exhaust from the engine is precisely wrapped in the entire length of the narrow asbestos.
The block 11 is potable and technical water for the facility. There are facilities for drinking water, service water plant and a pool of 170 cubic meters of water.
It should be noted that all the facilities and instruments installed by brands “Končar”, “Siemens” and “Iskra”.
The block 6 is an automatic exchange of 350 numbers. There is a radio-relay center for military dimensions located around the Cavalry: Index, Kiser and Borašnica, through which the connection is realized with the entire former Yugoslavia. Next, there is the Center for wire connections, the digital center with teleprinter T-100, brand “Siemens”, located in several rooms. In Block 9 is located centrally air and workshops for technical maintenance of the facility. There is a dashboard for monitoring pressure, the complete set of tools for technical maintenance complex in wall cabinets. In addition to the control panel on the floor is located a system to monitor possible nuclear attack in the house.
Block 5 is designed as a conference room. The larger hall is Štabskoj management table for managing the relationship with all six of the former Republic of Yugoslavia.
There is a gym for the Chief of Staff cabinet equipped with furniture and bed to bed rest and possibly solid wood. Then follow two amphitheater, bigger and smaller. The larger amphitheater with a semi-circular seat, central table with seats and a complete sound system, located at the lowest elevation in the country. The lowest point of the building “ARC” is right here, and to 280 meters below ground.
Block 4 is designed for the home and the rooms are made for two or four people.
The rooms have beds (some are bunk beds), wardrobes, tables and chairs.
There are over 100 such rooms intended solely for sleeping.
Block 8 represents the presidential bloc. All bedrooms are intended for the highest military leadership are also equipped with the same size, and that part of the building is located at a height of about 200 meters below ground. Bathroom and toilet with shower facility with the bedrooms. Right from the water levels (about 30) for offices, work spaces and bedrooms largest political leadership with the President of the State (Josip Broz Tito). First you enter the premises of the Secretary-chief of staff, from those in the waiting room (room for meeting with clients) with twenty seats, and then get out of it enters the cabinet of the President of Yugoslavia.
In one of the cabinets there was large steel safe located, whose traces can be seen today, and they drove through the necessary exit from the building.
It is because of extreme strategic importance, the war in 1992 the area was bombed by Cavalry 7 aircraft of the former JNA. Fortunately no damage was done, because the members of the Territorial Defense shot down five planes.
The block No.10 has diesel power plant with two tanks of 25 tons fed by generators that are located in another room and used for alternative power supply.
Property “ARC” currently belongs to the Ministry of Defense FBiH and only with approval of the Ministry may be visiting. There is no use of property for any purpose, even though all the instruments and machines in the house work in it. Constant temperature, as mentioned above, the entire house is 21-23 degrees.