“Progress is being made on the deployment of a new long-range over-the-horizon radar system for the U.S. Air Force that will be stationed on the Pacific island of Palau. The news comes as the Pentagon’s push to drastically beef up both its offensive and defensive capabilities in the Western Pacific gains steam.
With ranges of hundreds to well over a thousand miles, these radar systems are critical early warning and cuing systems. This will make them a high priority target for early elimination in any potential conflict with China.
Keeping Chinese fishing vessels outside Palau’s EEZ would eliminate one potential delivery systems for hostile Special Operations Forces that might be tasked with eliminating the radar or the systems intended to protect it. It would also protect Palau’s fishing industry.
Doing their part to protect this essential asset is certainly something for the Coast Guard to keep in mind. This might justify basing additional Coast Guard resources in Guam–UAS, WPCs, C-27s?
It’s called TACMOR…
( https://interestiongengineering.com/innovations/us-over-the-horizon-radar-palau )
( https://www.dsiac.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2179807_STI_Document.pdf )
the is a lot of information in the post I linked. Your first link did not work for me, but I found it here: https://interestingengineering.com/innovation/us-over-the-horizon-radar-palau
Looks the same to me.
I see on your link, “interesting” is misspelled. You probably got some unneeded help from Microsoft.
It’s the same site! I couldn’t find anything detailing the TACMOR’s systems actual capabilities, but given that it’s less than four years old, its likely to be still a guarded secret within the Radar Technology community…
Palau already requests USCG assistance regarding the Chinese: https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/12/illegal-strategy-china-suspected-of-another-unauthorized-sea-floor-survey/
The problem is the USCG is already stretched thin, and there needs to be a formal agreement (perhaps there is already?).
@Bill, pretty sure the agreements are in place, we just need more assets to make it leak proof.
“U.S. plans over-the-horizon radar facility in Palau” Indo-Pacific Defense Forum. https://ipdefenseforum.com/2023/01/u-s-plans-over-the-horizon-radar-facility-in-palau/