Over-the-Horizon Backscatter Radar Network, Mountain Home Air Force Operations Building, On Desert Street at 9th Avenue Mountain Home Air Force Base, Mountain Home, Elmore County, ID
Significance: The Over-the-Horizon Backscatter radar network was an important physical and scientific product of the Cold War. From theories that had been conceived in the days of early long-distance radio transmissions, and building over three decades of research into the subject, the network was a tremendous technological and military accomplishment. Although it was only starting operation as the Cold War was ending, the ability of a radar system to warn against low-flying aircraft at distances of up to 1,800 miles away was an amazing step forward in air defense.
The west coast operation buildings is located at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Signals received by the arrays are analyzed by technicians in this building. There is only one operations building for the West Coast Radar System.
Survey number: HAER ID-44