Pacific missile defense radars nixed, MDA to study sensor architecture in region

February 12, 2020


WASHINGTON — The Missile Defense Agency has decided to abandon its plans to set up ballistic missile defense radars in the Pacific and is now planning to take a new look at the sensor architecture in the Indo-Pacific Command region to figure out what is necessary to handle emerging threats, according to Vice Adm. Jon Hill, the agency’s director.

Neither the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii (HRD-H) or the Homeland Defense Radar-Pacific (HDR-P) appeared in supporting fiscal 2021 budget request documents released Feb. 10.

Hill explained during a briefing to reporters at the Pentagon that the agency had decided to push the Pacific radars “to the right because of host nation issues that we have to come through,” Hill said. “We still have that issue and the Pacific radar is no longer in our budget. We moved it out.”

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