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Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the facilities provided at the proposed military radar base at St. David's, Dyfed, could be used as part of a guidance system for either the tactical air-to-surface missile or Tomahawk missiles.

The over-the-horizon radar transmitter proposed for a two-year trial at St. David's airfield, Dyfed, will be a long-range, very early warning installation, and will not have the accuracy necessary for use in conjunction with TASM or Tomahawk missiles. There are therefore no plans to utilise the OTHR as part of a missile guidance system.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give consideration to using the former United States navy base at Benbradagh mountain at Dungiven, County Londonderry, as a site for the radar installation currently proposed for Brawdy, Pembrokeshire.

The site at Dungiven is too far north to be a suitable location for the proposed two-year trial of an over-the-horizon radar in the United Kingdom.