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Campaign group fight proposals for space radar installations

23 Jun 2024 4 minute read
Parc Against Darc Campaign

A campaign group, fighting against proposals to for a deep space radar dish array in north Pembrokeshire, described as “the United States’ lurch into an attempt to dominate all of space,” has raised more than £1,000.

The UK/US military plans for a 27-dish Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) at Cawdor Barracks, Brawdy is part of AUKUS, a three-way security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to build three DARC radar installations around the world, one in each of the three countries.

The radars would track foreign countries’ communications and military satellites in space, so that British, US and Australian aircraft could then destroy them with anti-satellite missiles at will.

Parc Against Darc Campaign

Bruce Sinclair Local Democracy Reporter

A scoping report was submitted to Pembrokeshire County Council early last year, as reported by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, which said DARC would track active satellites above the Earth.

That application stated: “The Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect the UK national interest around the world. This includes the Space Domain, which offers both the UK and its Allies an important strategic advantage, but also emerging threats and vulnerabilities that need to be monitored.”

It added: “The Deep-space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) is a United States Space Force (USSF) led programme that aims to set up three geographically dispersed radar sites to increase global Space Domain Awareness with the UK and Australia being offered to host one of the three sites.”

Preferred site

Late last year, Cawdor Barrack was identified as the preferred UK site, with the-then UK Defence Secretary, Grant Shapps.

It was said that retention of the base for DARC would create up to 100 jobs.

The DARC scheme would be subject to an as-yet unsubmitted planning application.

Campaign group, PARC Against DARC is hoping to stop the scheme, describing the proposals as a “monument to the needless, sabre-rattling, expansionist vanity project that is the United States’ lurch into an attempt to dominate all of space, against the stated wishes of almost every nation in the UN”.

PARC (Pembrokeshire Against Radar Campaign) was originally set up back in 90s when the US Military unsuccessfully attempted to build a similar radar installation on the Dewisland peninsula, north Pembrokeshire.

The revamped 2024 operation has launched a change.org petition webpage and an online crowdfunder page, along with social media pages.

History repeats

On the crowdfunder page, which has raised just over £1,000 to date, it says: “In 1991, faced with a near-identical over-the-horizon radar array project barely a couple of miles away in Dewisland, the people of Pembrokeshire formed PARC (Pembrokeshire Against the Radar Campaign), and after one of the most sensational, national and viral UK campaigns of the 1990s, demolished the radar plans, and forced Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher herself to cancel the entire radar project.

“Well, PARC is back—and we’re here to repeat history.

“To pull it off, and defeat the US’s attempt to colonise space in a way that no citizen of the county, the nation or the world has ever voted for, we are going to need all the support and solidarity we can bring together.”

Identifying Cawdor as the preferred site last year, Grant Shapps said: “As the world becomes more contested and the danger of space warfare increases, the UK and our allies must ensure we have the advanced capabilities we need to keep our nations’ safe.”

PARC Against DARC is to is to host a public launch meeting at Solva Memorial Hall at 7pm on June 27.


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Valley girl
Valley girl
21 days ago

Is Wales Gov doing anything to fight this?

Old Curmudgeon
Old Curmudgeon
21 days ago
Reply to  Valley girl

Sadly I doubt it very much. The Welsh Government are floundering. They spend their time pretending that they can do things. In the end they will do whatever Westminster lets them do.

Frank
Frank
21 days ago
Reply to  Valley girl

Yes they are doing something….. opening brown envelopes!!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
21 days ago

Mr Alias Alias MP will be standing in line outside the dole office with hundreds of his ‘mates’ soon…

Clark of Kent will remember the ‘Battle of Britain’ and do as he is told…

Ron Biggly
Ron Biggly
21 days ago

What’s the problem with the US having this capability? Last time I checked they were allies.

Frank
Frank
21 days ago

“Let’s destroy the beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast. It’s so much better than destroying any part of the English coastline”

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
21 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Yes, that is obviously the Colonialist viewpoint, but we should perhaps also challenge the choice of site on strategic grounds. Where might the next military threat be coming from? If it were Ireland then the site is well chosen, but if it is Russia then it is surely at the wrong side of the country. It should be in Yorkshire or southern Scotland. The suffering of Ukraine has shown that the majority of missiles are not fired into space but are cruise missiles coming across at low altitudes. The Cambrian mountains would ensure that this site could not spot any… Read more »

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