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Weather Radars

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the three weather radars planned for installation in Scotland will be sited.

No sites for these three weather radars have yet been selected. Proposals are likely to focus on the Hebrides, the highlands north-west of Aberdeen, and somewhere in the vicinity of Edinburgh or Glasgow, taking advantage of high ground to obtain the best results.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capability the three weather radars planned for installation in Scotland will have to detect electronic emissions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capability the three weather radars planned for installation in Scotland will have to detect aircraft.

None.Although aircraft illuminated by the sweep of the rotating beam of the radar will produce echoes, the system was selected for optimum sensitivity to precipitation and has no capability to detect or recognise aircraft.