Deming FAA Radar Site
Deming FAA Radar Site (1996c-Active) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long-Range Radar (LLR) site established between 1996 and 1999 on Magdalena Peak near Deming, Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The site is used to identify and track military and civilian aircraft movements within a 200-mile+ radius and to provide air-ground radio communication with those aircraft. Assigned a Joint Surveillance System (JSS) ID of J-28A and an FAA ID of ZDMN. Active FAA Radar Site.
This site became an active FAA radar site between 1996 and 1999, now furnishing radar track data to the FAA ARTCC's and to USAF Direction Centers. The ARSR-4 3D search radar was the first radar commissioned at this site and remains in operation (2019). The Deming FAA site was originally meant to replace the Silver City FAA Radar Site (J28) but that site remains in operation.
This site was constructed on the former site of the Blue Mesa Observatory on Magdalena Peak that was owned and operated by New Mexico State University. The University conveyed 30 acres of their property by quitclaim deed to the U.S. Government (Federal Aviation Administration), which tore down the observatory building and built the new ARSR-4 surveillance radar site.
The radar site data is now available to the USAF/NORAD Battle Control System-Fixed (BCS-F) operations centers (EADS & WADS) as well as the FAA Albuquerque ARTCC (ZAB) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.