The US Air Force is at the forefront of bolstering North American defense capabilities in response to evolving global threats. With the increasing sophistication of Russian cruise missiles, it is proactively upgrading its radar systems. 

This enhancement focuses on the strategic deployment of advanced Over-The-Horizon Radars (OTHR) capable of detecting threats that traditional systems might miss. In a joint effort with Canada, this initiative underscores the commitment of the US Air Force to maintain air superiority and safeguard national security against emerging aerial dangers.

Strategic Radar Development Against Russian Threats

The US Air Force is actively progressing with its strategic plan to construct homeland-defense radars, targeting the detection of a newer generation of Russian cruise missiles. 

This plan includes acquiring and installing six long-range radars. Four are for the US and two for Canada, significantly expanding North American air defense capabilities.

Land Acquisition for Radar Installation

US Navy AN/TPS–71 Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar (ROTHR) station (Wikimedia Commons)

Covering an estimated 6,000 acres – nearly half the size of Manhattan – these radar installations require extensive land resources. Paul Ferraro of Raytheon Technologies, a potential supplier for these systems, highlights the expansive nature of this project. 

Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek emphasized the plan to position the initial two radars in the Northwestern United States, noting the crucial need for operational security in selecting these locations.

Environmental Considerations and Collaboration

Stefanek further stated that the US Air Force, in collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers, will undertake thorough environmental impact studies on the chosen sites before commencing military construction. 

These measures reflect the Air Force’s commitment to sustainable and responsible development in enhancing national defense infrastructure.