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1958 - Programme for Radars - National Archives of Canada


SECRET

S955-110

A PROGRAMME
FOR
TWO HEAVY RADARS AND SIX GAP FILLER RADARS

Ottawa, Ont.
14 Oct 58

Introduction

The Cabinet Defence Committee at its 121st meeting on 21 August 1958 agreed to recommend to Cabinet that approval in principle be given to the establishment of two heavy radars and six gap filler radars as a northward extension of the Pinetree Radar System. The two heavy radars will be at Moosonee, Ontario and at Chibougamau Quebec. The six gap filler radars will be located at La Tuque, Que., Lac-du-Loup, Que., Manton River, Ont., Biscotasing, Ont., Timmins, Ont., and Belle Terre, Que.

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a programme for the establishment of the two heavy radars and the six gap filler radars.

Basic Assumptions

The following basic assumptions were made in preparing the programme and have been confirmed by CPC:

each of the radar locations will be a completely new site

the construction sitings of the Moosonee and Chibougamau radars have been confirmed

the construction sitings at the 6 gap filler radars have been confirmed

the heavy radars and the gap fillers will for part of the SAGE system and will be adapted to the control of BOMARC missiles

the heavy radars will have a growth potential to operate under Mode III conditions and the design of the Operations buildings (GCI Special as at Cold Lake) will provide for this potential

the operational date for all radar sites will be 1 Mar 62 (this date will coincide with the operational date of the Ottawa SAGE Sector)

all costs of the programme will be borne by Canada

Programmed Items

The detailed programme for the major items appears in the following appendices:

App A - Construction.
App B - Telecom Equipment and Facilities
App C - Personnel Establishment
Personnel Manning and Training.

Those areas which require particular attention are discussed below.

Sector Boundaries

Existing plans for the location of the Ottawa Sector boundaries place the Moosonee radar and the gap filler radars at Biscotasing and Timmins outside the Ottawa Sector. Since these radars will be internal inputs of the Ottawa Sector some revision of the sector boundaries appears necessary to ensure maximum usage of the coverage from these radars.

Telecommunications

The provision and installation of telecom equipment and facilities present no major problems. Close adherence to the programme outlined in App B, however, will be necessary.

Personnel Establishments and Training

Since the gap filler radars will operate unattended and will be maintained by personnel from their parent radars, only the personnel requirements for the two heavy radars need be considered. The personnel establishment for each of the heavy radar sites is 252, comprised of 11 officers, 156 airmen and 85 civilians.

No difficulty is anticipated in meeting the training requirements for personnel. However, since the programme represents an increase in total manpower, the airmen required must be available at the Manning Depot by 1 Aug 60 to permit selection prior to basic trade training courses.

Consolidated Cost Estimates

The implementation of the programme is established to cost $37,216,488. A sample breakdown of the costs is shown in App E.

The cost of the programme will be borne by Canada.

Conclusion

The programme outlined in the attached appendices will permit the two heavy radars and the six gap filler radars to be operational by 1 Mar 62.

Recommendation

To meet the above operational date it is recommended that the programme be approved.

Appendices:
A Construction
B Telecommunication
C - Personnel Establishment
D - Personnel Training
E - Consolidated Cost Estimates

 

APPENDIX A
TO: S955-110
DATED: 14 OCT 58

 

CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME
FOR
THE TWO HEAVY RADAR SITE
AND
THE SIX GAP FILLER RADAR SITES

 

Construction Costs

An itemized costing of the construction requirements generated by the establishment of the two heavy radar sites and the six gap filler radar sites appears below.

  1. Moosonee and Chibougamau - Heavy Radars

The construction costs of the Moosonee and Chibougamau sites will be approximately the same. The following per site costs apply:

Item Number

Description

Cost

1

Operations Building

$2,000,000

2

Power Plant (1000 KW)

370,000

3

Fuel Storage

75,000

4

Water Supply Reservoir

172,500

5

Water Distribution

144,000

6

Transmitter Facilities - 1500 sq. ft. site - 50 KW 24 masts

150,000

7

Receiver Facilities - 1000 sq. ft. site - 10 KW 24 masts

112,500

8

UHF 10 KW Transmitter Facilities

95,000

9

Fencing of operational area and operations building

175,000

10

Roads

350,000

11

Parking Facilities

75,000

12

Gate and Guard House

45,000

13

Administration Building

112,500

14

Combined Mess

275,000

15

Combined Quarters

600,000

16

Hospital - 10 Bed

150,000

17

Recreation Hall

450,000

18

Central Heating Plant

200,000

19

CE Building

75,000

20

ME Building

150,000

21

Supply Building

150,000

22

Fire Hall

90,000

23

Inflammable Stores

5,000

24

Sewage Disposal Plant

200,000

25

Sewage Collection

100,000

26

ME Fuel Storage

15,000

27

Power Distribution and Street Lighting

400,000

28

Steam Distribution

400,000

29

Landscaping and Drainage

100,000

30

Sports Field

3,000

31

Ration Depot

225,000

32

PMQs (114)

1,425,000

33

School (6 classrooms)

100,000

34

Combined Chapel

100,000

35

Survey, soil analysis, design, & property acquisition

322,234

TOTAL PER SITE - $9,491.734
TOTAL FOR MOOSONEE AND CHIGOUGAMAU - $18,983,468

 

La Tuque, Quebec - Gap Filler

Item Number

Description

Cost

1

Clearing and grading

$2,000

2

Access Road

20,000

3

Power tie in to nearest commercial source

82,000

4

APU and power distribution

17,000

5

Pipe Line and fuel storage

10,000

6

Fencing

2,000

7

Electronics Building

23,000

8

Survey, soil analysis, design & construction contingencies

15,600

TOTAL - $171,600

 

Lac du Loup, Quebec - Gap Filler

Item Number

Description

Cost

1

Clearing and grading

$1,000

2

Access Road

800

3

Diesel and power distribution

47,000

4

Pipe Line and Fuel storage

10,000

5

Fencing

2,000

6

Electronics Building

23,000

7

Survey, soil analysis, design & construction contingencies

8,380

TOTAL - $91,180

 

Manton River, Ont. - Gap Filler

Item Number

Description

Cost

1

Clearing and grading

$2,000

2

Access Road

18,000

3

Tie in to commercial power

20,000

4

APU and power distribution

17,000

5

Pipe Line and fuel storage

3,000

6

Fencing

1,900

7

Electronics Building

20,000

8

Survey, soil analysis, design & construction contingencies

8,190

TOTAL - $90,090

 

Biscotasing, Ont. - Gap Filler

Item Number

Description

Cost

1

Clearing and grading

$3,000

2

Access Road

45,000

3

Diesel and power distribution

51,000

4

Pipe Line and fuel storage

3,000

5

Fencing

1,500

6

Electronics Building

20,000

7

Survey, soil analysis, design & construction contingencies

12,350

TOTAL - $135,850

 

Timmins, Ont. - Gap Filler

Item Number

Description

Cost

1

Clearing and Grading

$3,000

2

Unusual foundations conditions

2,000

3

Access Road

5,000

4

Tie in to commercial power

32,000

5

APU and power distribution

17,000

6

Pipe Line and fuel storage

3,000

7

Fencing

1,500

8

Electronics Building

20,000

9

Survey, soil analysis, design & construction contingencies

6,350

TOTAL - $69,850

 

Belle Terre, Quebec - Gap Filler

Item Number

Description

Cost

1

Clearing and Grading

$500

2

Access Road

6,000

3

Diesel and power distribution

47,000

4

Fencing

2,000

5

Electronics Building

23,000

6

Survey, soil analysis, design & construction contingencies

7,000

TOTAL - $86,350

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COSTS - $19,629,388

 

Phasing

The phasing of the construction programme is shown below:

FUNCTION

START

COMPLETED

COST

ACTION BY

Site surveys, soil analysis and possible property acquisition

Sep 58

Nov 58

$702,338

*

CCE

Design, preparation of plans, specifications, contract award

Nov 58

May 59

 

CCE

Construction

Jun 59

Dec 60 **

$18,927,050

CCE

* - $78,000 of this amount has been approved and the balance is being processed.

** - Dec 60 is the date at which construction is to be completed to the extent that the installation of equipment can commence.