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The final Freugh-Tier

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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
The final Freugh-Tier

A DEEP space radar site could be established in Wigtownshire.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed this week that they are considering a military site near Freugh for the building of a high-tech threat-gauging, star-gazing radar, as part of its commitment to the Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC).

If built, the site would be one of three in the world and would track active satellites and debris beyond geostationary orbit, 35,786 kilometres above Earth.

The Galloway location is currently used for munitions development and training base.

DARC was founded in 2017 in the United States by US Air Force. Talks to create a deep space radar site in the UK began in 2021 between US government Space Force Officials and the UK government.

This week a Ministry of Defence spokesperson confirmed: “Space officers, both UK and our allies, are an important strategic advantage, however there are emerging threats which need to be regularly monitored.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to proteting and defending the space domain, the UK has has been invited by the US to participate in the DARC programme which has the potential to enhance our awareness of space .

“We are working to identify a location for a radar in the UK.”

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