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HimalayanTOPO Asia Raster Soviet Military 500k



The paper maps of this seamless digital raster map were produced by the USSR military from around 1972 to 1997. These are of astonishing accuracy and contain an amazing level of detail, especially considering they were compiled under great secrecy during the Cold War. While the street layer is completely out of date due to the age of the maps, the topographic details have a very high accuracy – still today! The map has cyrillic labels only.

The map is compatible with all major GIS software products like QuoVadis® or Global Mapper®. A detailed DEM (Digital Elevation Model) is included to view the map in 3D mode (functionality depends on your GPS software).

The mapset includes (seamless):

  • Soviet Military Map in 500k (1:500.000)
  • Digital Elevation Model


Data format

The package contains the seamless raster map as well as the Digital Elevation Model. The following file formats are included:

  • Soviet Military Map: ECW® (.ecw format). best for QuoVadis® (newer versions) and OziExplorer®
  • Digital Elevation Model: Global Mapper® Grid (.gmg format), best for Global Mapper® and QuoVadis®, and GeoTIFF®

Map Coverage

The map covers Asia in total. Green areas are covered in 500k, red areas are covered in 001m only.


The basis are the soviet military maps created between 1972 and 1997.

The basis of our Digital Elevation Model is the 30 arc seconds data set collected by the 2000 Shuttle Radar Topography mission (NASA/USGS SRTM30). The data was slighty corrected and enhanced by HimalayanGPSMaps in 2019.

The cartographic production produced by the USSR during the Cold War period is immense, encompassing all corners of the globe. These topographic maps have a quality and a detail that surprises, especially as some of them are so remote and difficult to access for the technology of the time. Today, we can find countries where the best cartographic base is even Soviet maps.