US decided to improve Hawaii's missile defense
The House Appropriations Committee approved $ 2022 million in the Defense Financing Bill for 75 to continue building a radar in Hawaii.
According to US Congressman Ed Casey, a total of $ 2022 billion will be allocated for defense in 706. At the same time, part of these funds will be used to strengthen the anti-missile defense of Hawaii in particular and the Indo-Pacific region as a whole.
According to the politician, measures such as the optimization of the infrastructure of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, for which more than $ 2,2 million will be allocated, and the continuation of the construction of the HDR-H radar in Hawaii, are extremely important for the region.
Recall that the decision on the need to create a radar station to protect the Hawaiian Islands from a missile strike, in particular from North Korea, arose back in 2018. Then, in the course of conducting a false missile alarm, the actual vulnerability of the state was established.
Already in December of the same year, a contract was signed with Lockheed Martin in the amount of $ 585 million, providing for the development and construction of a radar. However, due to various twists and turns, including opposition from environmentalists, funding for HDR-H began only last year.
It should be noted that the initial amount specified in the contract was not enough. Thus, the total cost of creating a Hawaiian radar is estimated by the Missile Defense Agency at $ 1,9 billion.
In 2020, $ 133 million was allocated for the development of the radar station. These funds, according to representatives of the Missile Defense Agency, were used for the production of "critical components of the radar" and necessary in the development of research.
E. Keynes, who is a member of the Appropriations Committee, stressed that he purposefully sought to restore funding for Hawaiian radar. He is confident that the future radar station will be able to effectively identify and classify specific missile threats and reliably protect the territory of the islands from them.
The Kahuku training range on Oahu and the Pacific missile range on Kauai are still being considered as a site for the 85-foot radar.
However, despite the allocation of $ 75 million by Congress to further develop the radar, the facility is not included in the long-term planning of the missile defense agency's program. The Pentagon believes that the maneuvering of hypersonic missiles requires a review of the requirements for ground-based radars and a focus on space-based missile threat detection.
Finally, Keyes noted that in addition to the Hawaiian radar, support is also being provided to other elements of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI), which will provide the American advantage in the Indo-Pacific region and counter threats from China and other potential US adversaries.
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