As announced by the Defense Secretaries of Australia, the UK, and the US, the Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) initiative seeks to fortify UK security by advancing methods for detecting, tracking, and identifying celestial objects.
December 7, 2023
The program envisions the creation of a global network comprising three ground-based radars, aiming to streamline space traffic management and enhance surveillance of satellites in orbit. The strategic geographic positioning of these radar installations ensures all-encompassing coverage, enabling the identification of potential threats to both defense and civilian space systems.
The proposed site for DARC in the UK is Cawdor Barracks in Pembrokeshire, Wales, pending final approval subject to an ongoing environmental assessment.
Grant Shapps, the UK's Defense Secretary, highlighted the program's crucial role amid growing risks of space warfare, emphasizing the need for advanced capabilities to ensure national security.
Beyond its defense applications, DARC is poised to oversee and safeguard crucial satellite systems, notably through AUKUS (Indo-Pacific Security Partnership between Australia, Great Britain and the United States), to promote peace in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.
Developers anticipate that the radar system's complex will showcase heightened sensitivity, improved accuracy, expanded bandwidth, and flexible tracking capabilities, addressing limitations associated with adverse weather conditions and daylight. The inaugural DARC radar in Australia is projected to be operational by 2026, with the entire network of three facilities expected to be fully operational by the end of the decade.
Author: Nessa, Cyber Journalist
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