Keflavik Air Station

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Keflavik Air Station

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Part of Air Forces Iceland
Coordinates 64°01′18″N 022°39′21″W / 64.02167°N 22.65583°W / 64.02167; -22.65583 (Keflavik AS H-1A)
Type Air Force Station
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1992
In use 1992-2006
Keflavik  AS is located in Iceland
Keflavik  AS
Keflavik AS
Location of Keflavik Air Station, Iceland

Keflavik Air Station (NATO ID: H-1A) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north-northwest of Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland. It was closed on 28 June 2006 as part of the closure of United States military facilities in Iceland.

History[edit]

Keflavik Air Station was established as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) radar station in 1992, replacing the original NATO AC&W radar site at Rockville AS, (H-1). It was operated by the 932d Air Control Squadron and was equipped with an AN/FPS-117v5 radar.

The mission of the station was to intercept and shadow all Soviet aircraft in transit in and from the GIUK gap which passed through the detection range of its radars and relay to the NAS Keflavik Radar Operations Control Center (ROCC).

Keflavik Air Station was inactivated on 28 June 2006. The radar was replaced by a civilian ARSR radar and is now used for air traffic control.

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.
  • nformation for Keflavik AS, IS