US Air Station to begin dismantling radar next year

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The US Air Station in Antigua said it will begin dismantling and relocating its radar system next year.

The C-Band radar, currently located at Antigua Air Station is projected to be moved to the Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station in northwest Australia.

The Air Station said tracking craft in outer space was the original reason for it being built here, but the base said that it was determined the radar station in Florida provided enough coverage.

“The C-Band capability was deemed excess to need, so the radar became available for other uses.  From its new position in Australia, the radar will provide highly accurate tracking of objects in space to improve overall spaceflight safety…” an email response from the US Air Station read.

Disassembly is expected to take about four to six months and by 2016, the C-Band radar will be relocated.

The US Air Station added that a separate system of command-destruct transmitters, used as a safety measure to destroy a rocket in the event that it goes off course, will also be removed from Antigua Air Station because they are no longer needed.

The mission of Detachment 1, 45th Operations Group, which is the designation of the air station here, is to provide data that supports space launches out of the Eastern Range in the US.

It also it provides support to US departments of defence and transportation, aircraft operations and missions transiting V C Bird International Airport.

The station here also represents the US Air Force in official matters to do with the Government of Antigua & Barbuda.

There are two US active duty military members and more than 100 contractors at the base.

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