Kaala Air Force Station

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Kaala Air Force Station (1965-Active) - A Cold War Air Force Radar Station first established in 1965 near ppppp, Oahu County, Hawaii. Named Kaala Air Force Station after the location atop Mount Kaala. Initially assigned a JSS System ID of H-01. Active military/FAA joint use radar site.

Kaala Air Force Station

Established in 1964-65 and dedicated on 2 Jul 1965 as Kaala Air Force Station manned by the 169th AC&W Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard. The station initially had both a Ground-Control Intercept (GCI) and early warning misssion. The early warning mission involved tracking and identifing all aircraft entering their airspace while the GCI mission involved guiding Air Force interceptors to any identified enemy aircraft. Controllers at the station vectored fighter aircraft at the correct course and speed to intercept enemy aircraft using voice commands via ground-to-air radio.

Initial equipment included the FPS-20 search radar and two FPS-6 height finder radars. After becoming a joint use site the search radar was upgraded first to an ARSR-3 radar and then to an ARSR-4 3D radar. The two height finders were removed.


Kaala AFS Major Equipment List
Search Radar HF Radar Data Systems
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Current Status

Active Hawaii Air National Guard radar station in Oahu County, Hawaii.


Location: Atop Mount Kokee in Oahu County, Hawaii.

Maps & Images

Lat: 21.5075 Long: -158.14208

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