Slidell FAA Radar Site (1960s-Active) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long Range Radar (LLR) site first established in the 1960s near Slidell, in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The site is used to identify and track military and civilian aircraft movements within a 200-mile radius and to provide air-ground radio communication with those aircraft. Assigned a SAGE System ID of Z-246, a JSS ID of J-13 and an FAA ID of ZNEW. Active FAA Radar Site.
This site probably became an FAA radar site in the early 1960s, furnishing radar track data to the FAA ARTCC's and later to USAF Direction Centers. The initial FAA ARSR-1 search radar was replaced with an ARSR-4 3D radar sometimes between 1996 and 1999.
In late 1972 a detachment from the 630th Radar Squadron set up and operated an FPS-6 height-finder radar to provide manual inputs to the SAGE System. The FPS-6 was upgraded to become an FPS-116 and then later removed. With the deactivation of the 630th in 1977, duties were assumed by an element of the Southeast Air Defense Sector. With the development of the Joint Surveillance System (JSS) the site was designated as JSS site J-13 and continued to provide radar track data to the SAGE System and after 1983 to its successors.
The ARSR-1 radar was eventually upgraded to become an ARSR-1E before being replaced by an ARSR-4 3D radar between 1996 and 1999.
The radar site data is now available to the USAF/NORAD Battle Control System-Fixed (BCS-F) operations centers (EADS & WADS) as well as the FAA
Houston ARTCC (ZHU) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.
Active FAA facility near Slidell in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.
- Department of Defense Appropriations for 1974: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, Ninety-third Congress, First Session, United States. Congress, pt. 5, U.S. Government Printing Office, Google Books 1973
- Pages 770-773 Southern Air Defense
- Pages 774- Retention of one active BUIC and 11 semi-active
- Winkler, David F., Searching the Skies: the Legacy of the United States Cold War Defense Radar Program, USAF Hq Air Combat Command, 1997, 192 pages, Pdf, page 118.
- FAA - Site Listing of Legacy Radars as of 23 Dec 2016.
- U.S. DoT - Recommendation on Transition from Primary/Secondary Radar to Secondary-Only Radar Capability 1994.
- Three Level Weather For ARTCC Displays Project Implementation Plan, FAA Order 7110.14A, 14 Feb 1990.