Alaska Delegation Welcomes News of Long Range Discrimination Radar Siting at Clear Air Force Station
Missile Defense Agency to Locate Defense Facility in Anderson
Alaska’s Congressional Delegation today welcomed a major benchmark in Alaska’s military infrastructure presence, as the Pentagon informed them that Clear Air Force Station in Anderson has been proposed to be the future site of the Missile Defense Agency’s long range discrimination radar system (LRDR).
The system – which is reported to be valued at $940 million worth of technology, hardware and on-site construction – will utilize cutting edge and proven 21st century technology to identify and track airborne missile threats against the United States. The construction work, estimated to be completed by 2020, can begin once an environmental impact study is conducted and the current design phase completed.
“MDA Director Vice Admiral Syring was crystal clear in his testimony this March when he said that long range discrimination radar is a must have for the nation’s defense, and today’s news gets us closer to the end goal of the best defense possible from the most strategic position in the world,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “$50 million has already been allocated for the MDA to do design work on this critical project, but now that the location has been decided they can begin to plan out in more detail this major Alaskan investment for our national defense.”
“I am greatly pleased with this announcement to station the Long Range Discriminating Radar at Clear Air Force Station,” Senator Dan Sullivan said. “Not only will this project – the very first of its kind – greatly improve the combat effectiveness of our nation’s missile defense system, but it will also bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Interior Alaska. Alaska has become the cornerstone of our nation’s missile defense, significantly benefiting both our state and our country. This is why, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I worked to include $137.6 million for the LRDR in the recently reported FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act.”
“MDA’s decision underscores Alaska’s unparalleled strategic location and helps solidify our role in strengthening America’s missile defense shield,” said Congressman Don Young. “With growing threats from both North Korea and Iran, it’s critical that this radar system be positioned in an area that covers both these nations; Clear Air Force Station offers that location. I’ve proudly worked with my colleagues in Congress to secure funding and authorization for this essential project, and look forward to seeing its completion in the coming years. Simply put, today’s announcement is a big win for Alaska and the entire nation.”