A new landmark radar initiative with the UK’s closest partners will increase UK security by being able to better detect, track and identify objects in deep space.
The Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) programme – unveiled by the respective Defence Secretaries of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States - will provide 24/7, all-weather capabilities that will increase AUKUS nations’ ability to characterise objects deep in space up to 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometres) away from earth.
DARC will see a global network of three ground-based radars to be jointly operated that will assist in critical space-traffic management and contribute to the global surveillance of satellites in deep space. The unique geographic positioning of AUKUS nations means that DARC can provide global coverage, including detecting potential threats to defence or civilian space systems.
As the danger of space warfare increases, this landmark capability will benefit all three nations’ land, air, and maritime forces, as well as protecting critical infrastructure and benefitting our domestic construction and space industries.
Commenting on the MOD announcement Stephen Crabb MP said, "The Cawdor Barracks site was always going to be a strong contender for this project, given its location and its current use as a base for 14 Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare). Wales already hosts a number of strategically important facilities which are at the cutting edge of national defence and security, and this new radar capability will add to these. The 100 new jobs would certainly be welcome but won't fully fill the gap if the Signals Regiment does eventually move out."
"Understandably, local people will have questions about this development and hopefully the planning process will allow these to be answered fully. It is important that the Ministry of Defence works with the local communities in Solva, St Davids and Newgale to explain what this all about and why Pembrokeshire is the preferred site."