Bid to replace the radar installation at remote site

The radar installation at Deadwater Fell in Kielder.
The radar installation at Deadwater Fell in Kielder.
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Plans to replace the radar installation in a remote area of Northumberland have been submitted to the county council.

The proposals, for the site at Deadwater Fell, situated in Kielder Forest and near the Anglo-Scottish border, are part of an ongoing project by the Ministry of Defence to update its radar systems.

It forms part of RAF Spadeadam, an active Air Weapons Range used for training, which requires coverage to control the airspace and prevent other aircraft entering the danger zone.

The overall height of the tower will remain the same, but the new radar radome will marginally increase the e overall height by 2.2metres.

A report says that the risk to wildlife ‘is considered extremely improbable’, as they would have to be 14 to 16 metres up and within three to five metres of the radar head.