Altensalzwedel: Radio-technical company 614

Helipad 3184

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CoordinatesN524637 E0110918 ca. (WGS84) Google Maps
Former East Germany (GDR)District of Magdeburg
Federal stateSachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt)
Map with location of Altensalzwedel Helipad 3184, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Altensalzwedel

Location of airfield

1,7 km northwest of Altensalzwedel.

During the Cold War


In East Germany, the National People's Army (NVA) had a radar site near Altensalzwedel, operated by the Radio-technical Company 290 (Funktechnische Kompanie FuTK-290), which was later renamed to FuTK-614. This site, only 13 km away from the inner-German border, had a helicopter landing field, where helicopters were on alert in the 1980s to better pursue "border violations" by slow-moving aircraft.

In the 1960s


Area Altensalzwedel Kuhfelde Valfitz, East Germany, on a US satellite image 1967
The area west of Altensalzwedel US satellite image from 28 May 1967 - Other places: Kuhfelde, Valfitz. The picture is a little bit distorted.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Radar site Radio-technical company 290 (FuTK-290), Altensalzwedel, East Germany
Enlargement: The radar site of the East German Radio-technical company 290 (FuTK-290)
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1970s


Satellite image Altensalzwedel radar site 1970
Satellite image from 25 November 1970 - Meanwhile, four hills have been created in the north of the site, for the elevated placement of radar systems
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Helipad 3184 for Radar company 614 (FuTK-614) of East German Air Force (NVA LSK/LV).

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Dimensions: 19 m x 19 m,
Main takeoff and landing direction: 300°,
Surface: Concrete,
Usable without crop damage,
Capacity: 2 helicopters.
The helipad was probably located directly at the radar site, perhaps the two concrete pads which are still visible on today's satellite images in the center of site and eastwards.


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Airspace and procedures

Usable at day during good weather conditions,
Alert time: 30 minutes


Antenna: distance 50 m, height 20 m;
AMU Mast: distance 45 m, height 30 m


Radio-technical company 614 (FuTK-614)
Hierarchy 1989:
- Ministry of National Defense (MfNV)
-- National People's Army (NVA)
--- Air Force/Air Defense (LSK/LV)
---- 3rd Air Defense Division (1. LVD)
----- Radio-technical Bataillon 61 (FuTB-61)
------ Radio-technical Company 614 (FuTK-614)
Post box 74043
Military installation number: 07/047





Aerial picture of former East German Altensalzwedel radar site today.
Aerial picture (approx. 2019) - The red arrows point to the former paved helicopter hardstands.
Source: © GeoBasis-DE / LVermGeo LSA (2019). Es gelten die Nutzungsbedingungen des LVermGeo LSA. Nutzung nach Nutzungsbedingungen Version 2.3 Nr. 4.9


Airfields in the vicinity


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