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AIR Humosa / 486L-Medcom

Last modified: 11 Feb 2021, submitted by: Joker

Country: Spain   

Latitude: 40° 29' 57" N     Longitude: -4° 44' 44" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


4029'55.85"N 315'14.20"W Humosa.
Former USAF Humosa Air Station (site 1 Alpha) was a vital troposcatter communications link in the 486L-Medcom alerting network (1970-1996). The station was connected with Sevilla/San Pablo and with Imoges. Site deactivated 1997, closed 1998. MEDiterranean COMmunications network spanning the Mediterranean from Spain to the Near East. A network with sites in Spain, Sardenia, Sicily, Italy, Greece, Crete and Turkey built by the System Command's Electronic Systems Division for the European-African-Middle Eastern Communications Area for $145 million and comprising more than 6,000 route miles of communications consisting of giant troposheric scatter, line-of-sight, and microwave antennas, land lines, repeaters and multiplexing equipment for radio, teletype, facsimile and data communications.With the 490L AUTOVON switches installed, any MEDCOM user was able to use the world-wide military communications network.The prime contractor for this system was Federal Electric Corp.

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