Oat Mountain – Integrated Fire Control Area (1956 – 1974)
From 1956 – 1974, At the top of the Oat Mountain, you would have found the US Army Air Defense Command, Los Angeles Defense area, Integrated Fire Control Area (IFC) for Nike Site LA-88
Within a chain link fence with concertina wire strung across the top, and a 24/7 Sentry guard at the gate.
Inside the fence perimeter, a large concrete building housing the Battery Control Van – with connected radars that scan the skies over Los Angeles.
Inside that concrete building houses the BC van you would find the Battery Commander who makes the final decision to fire a nuclear missile at a enemy target aircraft.
Also the Radar Control Van, which tracks incoming enemy target aircraft and communications lines to headquarters locations, NORAD, Air Force SAGE at Norton AFB and ARADCOM / Missile Master Headquarters at Fort Mac Arthur, San Pedro, and spare components to keep the radar systems running.
Cable and radio links to the LA-88 Launcher area.
The basement of the concrete building contained sleeping quarters and provisions and personal protective gear needed for a nuclear war.
A nearby generator building with 3 Waukesha 250 KW diesel generators
A nearby ready room for dining and crew meetings.
A nearby HIPAR long range radar. The LA-88 IFC BC van had data circuits that could connect to the USAF radar station in Mt. Laguna to view their “Big Radar Picture” from Mexico to Santa Barbara.
HIPAR, AN/MPQ-44,Long Range Search Radar, 200 Mile range, 26 KW power (Made by General Electric)
LOPAR, Medium Range Search Radar, 150 mile range, 350 Watts power (Made by Western Electric)
Missile Tracking Radar, 110 mile range, 79.4 Watts power (Made by Western Electric)
Target Tracking Radar, 113 mile range, 177.8 Watts power (Made by Western Electric)
Target Ranging Radar, 150 mile range, 78.0 Watts power (Made by Western Electric)