NORTH WARNING SYSTEM (NWS)

Contributed by James E. Bollinger, SSgt, 353CTS/QAE


NWS is a joint US / Canadian program designed to replace thirty-one Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line radars, located across northern Alaska and Canada. Fifteen GE AN/AN/FPS-117 long-range radars (LRR) are already in place, and thirty-nine UNISYS AN/FPS-124 Unattended Radars (UARS) will be installed. Three other LRRs have been installed at new sites on the Eastern Labrador coast. Maintenance Control Facilities (MCFS) will be collocated with the Alaskan Regional Operations Control Center (ROCC) and Canadian Sector Operations Control Center (SOCC) to provide remote control of UAR sites. A satellite communications network will provide connectivity between the LRPS, UARS, MCFS, and the ROCC/SOCCs. UL-IT Ground-to-Air-to-Ground (G/A/G) radios installed at LRRs provide G/A/G communications between the Alaskan and Canadian ROCCs/SOCCs and aircraft in those regions.

1991 News Article: DEW Line Updated

State /
Territory
Site ID Site Name Radar Type Latitude
(North)
Longitude
(West)
Year Comments
Nunavut BAF-2 Cape Mercy AN/FPS-124 64.957778 063.579444 1992  
Nunavut BAF-3 (RES-X-1) Brevoort Island AN/FPS-117 63.338889 064.157778 1957  
Nunavut BAF-4A Loks Land AN/FPS-124 62.506389 064.517500 1992  
Nunavut BAF-5 (RES-X) Resolution Island AN/FPS-124 61.596389 064.640278 1957  
Yukon BAR-1 Komakuk Beach AN/FPS-124 69.598056 140.183333 1957  
Yukon BAR-2 Shingle Point AN/FPS-117 68.923056 137.258889 1957  
NWT BAR-3 Tuktoyaktuk AN/FPS-124 69.443056 132.998611 1957  
NWT BAR-4 Nicholson Peninsula AN/FPS-124 69.927222 128.970278 1957  
Yukon BAR-B Stokes Point AN/FPS-124 69.330278 138.736944 1957  
NWT BAR-BA3 Storm Hills AN/FPS-124 68.895556 133.936667 1990  
NWT BAR-DA1 Liverpool Bay AN/FPS-124 69.608333 130.900000 1990  
NWT BAR-E Horton River AN/FPS-124 70.016389 126.934722 1957  
Alaska BAR-M (A-21) Barter Island AN/FPS-117 70.130417 143.639167 1957  
Nunavut CAM-1A Jenny Lind Island AN/FPS-124 68.741944 101.854722 1990  
Nunavut CAM-2 Gladman Point AN/FPS-124 68.676389 097.803333 1957  
Nunavut CAM-3 Shepherd Bay AN/FPS-117 68.792778 093.457500 1957  
Nunavut CAM-4 Pelly Bay AN/FPS-124 68.438611 089.717778 1957  
Nunavut CAM-5A Cape McLoughlin AN/FPS-124 69.655833 085.572778 1992  
Nunavut CAM-A3A Sturt Point AN/FPS-124 68.964167 103.756667 1991  
Nunavut CAM-B Hat Island AN/FPS-124 68.319444 100.085556 1957  
Nunavut CAM-CB Gjoa Haven AN/FPS-124 68.640556 095.873056 1990  
Nunavut CAM-D Simpson Lake AN/FPS-124 68.594817 091.956850 1957  
Nunavut CAM-FA Lailor River AN/FPS-124 69.113889 083.538611 1992  
Nunavut CAM-MAIN Cambridge Bay AN/FPS-117 69.121667 105.135278 1957  
Nunavut DYE-MAIN Cape Dyer AN/FPS-117 66.664444 061.357500 1957  
Nunavut FOX-1 Rowley Island AN/FPS-124 69.067164 079.065319 1957  
Nunavut FOX-2 Longstaff Bluff AN/FPS-124 68.898889 075.148333 1957  
Nunavut FOX-3 Dewar Lakes AN/FPS-117 68.650278 071.234722 1957  
Nunavut FOX-4 Cape Hooper AN/FPS-124 68.472500 066.800278 1957  
Nunavut FOX-5 Broughton Island AN/FPS-124 67.536667 063.788056 1957  
Nunavut FOX-A Bray Island AN/FPS-124 69.225833 077.225278 1957  
Nunavut FOX-B Nudluardjuk Lake AN/FPS-124 68.620556 073.216111 1957  
Nunavut FOX-CA Kangok Fjord AN/FPS-124 68.647500 069.129722 1992  
Nunavut FOX-D Kivitoo AN/FPS-124 67.9518611 64.9099167 1957  
Nunavut FOX-MAIN Hall Beach AN/FPS-117 68.761944 081.245000 1957  
Labrador LAB-1 Cape Kakiviak AN/FPS-124 59.987500 064.165278 1992  
Labrador LAB-2 Saglek AN/FPS-117 58.488056 062.585556 1988  
Labrador LAB-3 Cape Kiglapait AN/FPS-124 57.135444 061.475778 1992  
Labrador LAB-4 Big Bay AN/FPS-124 55.741667 060.428333 1992  
Labrador LAB-5 Tukialik AN/FPS-124 54.714722 058.358333 1992  
Labrador LAB-6 Cartwright AN/FPS-117 53.552222 056.829444 1988  
Alaska LIZ-2 (A-15) Point Lay * AN/FPS-117 69.735556 163.016389 1957 * closed in 1994
Alaska LIZ-3 (A-16) Wainwright AN/FPS-124 70.609444 159.868056 1957  
NWT PIN-1BD Keats Point AN/FPS-124 69.344444 121.673611 1991  
Nunavut PIN-1BG Croker River AN/FPS-124 69.266667 119.216667 1991  
Nunavut PIN-2A Harding River AN/FPS-124 68.839722 116.982500 1991  
Nunavut PIN-3 Lady Franklin Point AN/FPS-117 68.479167 113.225556 1957 Radar destroyed by fire on 10 Jan 2000. Replacement AN/FPS-117 radar (in 2006 or 2007) coming from Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, which earlier had an upgraded AN/FPS-117(V5) radar installed.
Nunavut PIN-CB Bernard Harbour AN/FPS-124 68.755278 114.937778 1991  
Nunavut PIN-DA Edinburgh Island AN/FPS-124 68.485556 110.863333 1991  
Nunavut PIN-EB Cape Peel West AN/FPS-124 69.025000 107.802778 1991  
NWT PIN-MAIN Cape Parry AN/FPS-117 70.171389 124.725000 1957  
Alaska POW-1 (A-18) Point Lonely AN/FPS-124 70.910278 153.239722 1957  
Alaska POW-2 (A-19) Oliktok AN/FPS-117 70.498333 149.889444 1957  
Alaska POW-3 (A-20) Bullen Point AN/FPS-124 70.177222 146.853889 1957 a.k.a. Flaxman Island
Alaska POW-M (A-17) Point Barrow AN/FPS-117 71.327222 156.636111 1957  

Modifications are ongoing to improve the radar system. Manning at the LRRs will be removed following the installation of Remote On-Line Maintenance Systems (ROMS), Remote Analysis Maintenance and Monitoring System (RAMMS) and Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability (RMS) modifications. These will allow basic status to be monitored and maintenance to be performed from the MCF.


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