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Launch Complex 37 History

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Improved Nike Hercules
Integrated Fire Control Area


      This photo shows the Improved Nike Hercules Integrated Fire Control (IFC) area, which was located at Launch Complex 37 (formerly Army Launch Area 3) at White Sands Missile Range.  The photo was taken looking Northeast.

The radars seen are, from left to right, the Low Power Acquisition Radar (LOPAR) (dark antenna on pedestal), the Target Ranging Radar (TRR), the Target Tracking Radar (TTR), the Missile Tracking Radar (MTR), and the large dome on the tower is the High Power Acquisition Radar (HIPAR).

The closest building contained the HIPAR transmitter, receiver, and control equipment.  Although hard to distinguish, there is smaller building to the left and beyond the larger building.  That is the generator building with large generators capable of supplying power to the whole system, including the HIPAR.

There are two white vans (wheels removed) sitting against the HIPAR building.  The one on the left is the Radar Control (RC) van, which is where much of the Tracking Radar receivers are located, along with the controls and displays for those radars.  The van on the right is the Battery Control (BC) van.  The BC van is the command and control for the Nike battery.  It contains communications equipment, displays, status boards, plotting boards, controls for the LOPAR, remote controls for the HIPAR, and the analog computer.