Martin AN/GSG-5 Battery Integration and Radar Display Equipment
|Martin AN/GSG-5 Battery Integration and Radar Display Equipment|
|BIRDIE, Midget Missile Master |
|military command, control and coordination system|
|States:C-13||CA CT FL GA(2) IL KS LA MA MI MN MO(2)
NE NJ NY OH(2) RI TX(3) VA SD WA WI
|October 1961 (AN/GSG-6)
Turner AFB, Georgia. 
The Martin AN/GSG-5 Battery Integration and Radar DIsplay Equipment (BIRDIE) was a transportable electronic fire distribution center for automated command and control of remote surface-to-air missile launch batteries. The solid state radar netting system replaced the vacuum tube AN/FSG-1 at 3 United States Missile Master bunkers (Fort Lawton Air Force Station, Washington; Fort Heath, Massachusetts; and Lockport Air Force Station, New York) and BIRDIEs were deployed at over 25 US locations including Homestead-Miami, Florida; Providence, Rhode Island; and San Francisco. The AN/GSG-5 with 3 consoles was a direction center for up to 16 Nike missile batteries, but a smaller variant with only 1 console and without computer and storage equipment (single shelter AN/GSG-6) could control only 2 batteries and was the 1st BIRDIE deployed. Several BIRDIE systems were replaced by Hughes AN/TSQ-51 Air Defense Command and Coordination Systems (Missile Mentor), and the last AADCP with an AN/GSG-5 was at Ft Lawton on July 1, 1973 (the next-to-last was at Highlands Air Force Station, New Jersey).:C-23
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Turner Air Force Base, Ga., where the U.S. Army Signal Corps is installing the first of its 19 BIRDIE systems. ... Housed in 8' x 8' x 18' shelters... The Turner AFB BIRDIE is a small type, directing firing of a limited number of units. A larger unit stores, processes and updates target information in directing fire of a great many missile batteries.
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