Last Updated: October 1, 2006
Location: Córdoba Province, Argentina
Subordinate To: Air Force
Size: n/a
Facility Status: Inactive, dismantled

Located in the province of Córdoba, was the operating center of development and testing for the Cóndor II missile project. The Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas y Téchnicas de las Fuerzas Armadas (CITEFA) operated Falda del Carmen during the Cóndor project.

Construction began in 1979 and was complete in 1983. Bowas, an Austrian-German firm, built the facility. In 1988, the first successful test of the Cóndor’s solid propellant fuel motors took place. UNSCOM verified that an almost-identical plant was built in Iraq during Cóndor II development. A detailed description of the facility appeared in the defunct Argentine journal Asuntos Militares. In 1997, the Ground Station Terrena Teófilo Tabanera was inaugurated at Falda del Carmen. It receives high-resolution satellite images.

Sources:
[1] Anabella Busso, Relaciones Argentina-Estados Unidos en los noventa: el caso Cóndor II (Buenos Aires: Edición CERIR, 1999), p. 16.
[2] Eduardo Barcelona and Julio Villalonga, Relaciones carnales: la verdadera historia de la construcción y destrucción del misil Cóndor II (Buenos Aires: Planeta, 1992), p. 20.
[3] Daniel Santoro, Operación Cóndor II: la historia secreta del misil que desmanteló Menem (Buenos Aires: Ediciones Letra Buena, 1992), p. 19.
[4] "The Cóndor Conspiracy," BBC Panorama, 10 April 1989.
[5] Maximiliano Seitz and Germán Sopeña, "En Córdoba, una ventana al espacio," La Nación, 6 September 1997, www.lanacion.com.ar.
[6] "Inspeccionó Di Tella el montaje de aviones A-4," La Nación, 16 September 1997, www.lanacion.com.ar.

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