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US military to station radar and telescope in Australia

Published on Nov 14, 2012 9:07 PM

SYDNEY - The United States (US) military will station a powerful radar and a telescope in Australia which will allow it to track space junk as well as monitor Chinese missile launches.

The new cooperation on space surveillance was announced on Wednesday at an annual summit at which the two allies moved to further tighten their close military ties.

The US Air Force C-band radar will be stationed in the north-west of Western Australia by 2014 and will mark the first deployment of such a radar in the southern hemisphere.

US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta described the cooperation as a significant move which was part of Washington's Asia pivot.

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