Latrar Air Station

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Latrar Air Station
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Part of Air Forces Iceland
Latrar  AS is located in Iceland
Latrar  AS
Latrar AS
Location of Latrar Air Station, Iceland
Coordinates 66°10′41″N 023°19′41″W / 66.17806°N 23.32806°W / 66.17806; -23.32806 (Latrar AS H-4A)Coordinates: 66°10′41″N 023°19′41″W / 66.17806°N 23.32806°W / 66.17806; -23.32806 (Latrar AS H-4A)
Type Air Force Station
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1992
In use 1992-2006

Latrar Air Station (NATO ID: H-4A) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station. It is located 153.2 miles (246.6 km) north 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]

Latrar Air Station was established as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) radar station in 1992, replacing the original NATO AC&W radar site at Straumnes AS, (H-4). The station is located atop a mountain named Bolafjall near the village of Bolungarvik, about 21 air miles to the north-northeast of H-4.

It was operated by the 934th 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).

Straumnes Air Station was inactivated on 28 June 2006 and presently remains unused.

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • 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.
  • Information for Latrar AFS, IS