Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

by Andrea Shalal | Reuters, Yahoo News  |  published on May 24, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California.

Raytheon Co, Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing to build the new radar, which is expected to cost just under $1 billion.

The new radar would begin defensive operations in 2020, pending completion of required environmental and safety studies, the department said in a statement.

  • John VanderKelen

    The Pentagon sees risk, yet skunk Obama wants to allow nuclear bombs for Iran knowing there is no such thing as long range missile defense for Israel. What a pal!

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