US to Install Missile Defense Radar in Hawaii

US-based X-band Radar (SBX 1) aircraft installed near the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Photo / REUTERS / Daniel Barker – The United States (US) will install a missile defense radar system in Hawaii in the near future to identify ballistic missiles.

Quoted from Fox, Friday (29/06/2018), radar system reportedly cost up to USD 1 bln.

Senator Brian Schatz, a Democratic Party politician from Hawaii who supported the military project, said the advanced radar system would help Alaska missiles “better eyes”.

This defense system will be a ‘spy’ in identifying missiles fired by US enemies.

The radart’s width is reported to be about 30 to 50 feet high and 60 to 80 feet tall. Thus the report from MDA.

Schatz said lawmakers had discussed plans for placement of the radar system with the commander of US troops previously on duty in the Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris. Admiral Haris has retired recently and has been nominated as US ambassador to South Korea.

“We already have a strong ability, but working with Admiral Harris, we want to make sure we have the most powerful combination of missile interceptors and radar systems anywhere,” Schatz said.