Budget drops $1.9B radar

February 13, 2020

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Funding for the $1.9 billion Homeland Defense Radar- Hawaii and a more than $1 billion Pacific radar that was expected to be located in Japan has been zeroed out in the Missile Defense Agency’s fiscal 2021 budget request — raising the possibility that neither radar will be built.

The emergence of hypersonic weapons that fly at least Mach 5 — five times the speed of sound or 3,800 mph, and which can maneuver around radars — has the Pentagon rethinking its sensor architecture and looking to space to cover radar gaps that exist on the ground.

Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said at a press briefing Monday that “we realize we need to take another look at that architecture and so the secretary of defense has commissioned a study for us to look at the sensor architecture” specifically in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command region.

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