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Beale Air Force Base, Perimeter Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased-Array Warning System, End of Spencer Paul Road, north of Warren Shingle , Marysville, Yuba County, CA



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Location
north of Warren Shingle, Marysville%2525252Bvicinity, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-319
Building/structure dates: 1977 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1980 subsequent work
Significance: It is one of four large phased-array radars designed and built by Raytheon. PAVE PAWS was the first solid-state, phase-phase steered array radar operational in the world. The PAVE PAWS at Beale and that at Otis Air Force Base (today, Otis Air Force Station) on Cape Cod, were the first two radars completed in the system. The original mission of PAVE PAWS was to monitor potential Soviet SLBM launches and to serve as early warning of an attack on the United States. A second pair of PAVE PAWS radars followed in the middle 1980s, sited in Texas and Georgia are no longer operational. In 2002, Air Force Space Command initiated a major upgrade of the PAVE PAWS at Beale Air Force Base. the ballistic missile defense shield currently proposes to use PAVE PAWS as a platform for enhanced early warning radar, and to combine the system with missile interceptors.

Subjects
Military Facilities
Communication Facilities
Cold War


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
View of the PAVE PAWS radar from main base, looking east
View of the PAVE PAWS radar from main base, looking west
View of the PAVE PAWS radar from approach along Spencer Paul Road, looking northwest
Within compound, looking southwest, Guard Tower (Building 5762) and Technical Equipment Building (Building 5760)
Within compound, looking northwest, Power Plant (Building 5761) and Guard Tower (Building 5762) to left, Electrical Substation to right
Within compound, looking southeast, Satellite Communications Terminal Building (Building 5771) to left, Gate House (Building 5764) to right of center
Within compound, from Guard Tower (Building 5762), looking southwest, Technical Equipment Building (Building 5760) to left, Microwave Tower (associated with Building 5769) and Civil Engineering Storage Building (Building 5766) to left
Within compound, looking southwest into Clear Field Zone, Technical Equipment Building (Building 5760) to far left
Within compound, from Guard Tower, looking north
Within compound, looking southwest along perimeter fence towards Gate House (Building 5764)
Within compound, from Guard Tower, looking southeast, Power Plant (Building 5761) to left, Satellite Communications Terminal (Building 5771) center, Supply Warehouse (Building 5768) to left
Within compound, looking southeast Power Plant (Building 5761) to left, Satellite Communications Terminal (Building 5771), center
Within compound, from Gate House, looking northwest, Power Plant (Building 5761) to left, Electrical Substation (Building 5770) and Supply Warehouse (Building 5768) center, Satellite Communications Terminal (Building 5771) to far left


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