- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on missile defense radar planned for Hawaii (all times local):

1 p.m.

The U.S. military wants to install missile defense radar in Hawaii to identify any ballistic missiles that are fired from North Korea and elsewhere.

The $1 billion system would spot warheads on missiles headed for Hawaii and other U.S. states, and provide that information to ground-based interceptors in Alaska designed to shoot down the projectiles.

So far, lawmakers have appropriated $61 million for planning but not funds for construction.



The Missile Defense Agency says the radar would be about 30 to 50 feet wide and 60 to 80 feet high.

It will likely have a flat-face surface instead of being ball-shaped like many other radar systems.

The agency is studying two sites on the island of Oahu where it may locate the radar.

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8 p.m.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is planning to build a $1 billion radar system on the far western or northern point of Oahu.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii is expected to track complex ballistic and hypersonic missile threats across the western Pacific from either Kaena Point or the Kahuku Training Area.

Agency officials say the radar will have a block-like shape with a face estimated to be up to 80 feet (24 meters) tall and up to 50 feet (15 meters) wide. The radar will identify, track and classify long-range missile threats in the midcourse of flight. Maintenance and support facilities are also planned for the site.

The agency is conducting an environmental impact statement and held a public meeting on the project last week in Haleiwa.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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