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  • PAVE PAWS Radar System

    MissionThe Air Force maintains two PAVE PAWS Radars. These radars are capable of detecting Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) attacks and conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking.  PAVE is a military program identification code; Phased Array Warning System (PAWS).The PAVE PAWS are two faced ground based UHF-band phased
  • Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System

    Mission The Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) is a single-faced, multi-function, UHF-Band, phased-array radar located at Cavalier AFS, ND. The primary mission of PARCS Cavalier AFS, ND, keeps watch for sea-launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles launched toward North America, and to collect Launch and
  • Processing Reentries of Space Objects - 18th Space Control Squadron

    The 18th Space Control Squadron (18 SPCS) predicts when and where man-made objects will reenter the Earth’s atmosphere. It does so on behalf of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC), which is charged with executing USSTRATCOM’s presidentially assigned Space Operations mission area. This fact sheet presents how 18 SPCS processes reentries, the systems used to do so, current challenges, and the products, notifications and reports issued throughout the process.