The U.S. Air Force and Australia’s jointly-operated space surveillance radar system has achievedÂ full operational capability status following completion of a relocation effort that began in 2014.
Australia’s defense department said Tuesday theÂ C-band radar system was transferred from Antigua toÂ the Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Station in Western Australia.
Australian defense minister Marise Payne said the systemÂ works to provide coverage in the southern and eastern hemisphere,Â track hundreds of objects andÂ identify space debris and satellites.
Payne added that the C-band radarÂ operates as a sensor node in the U.S. global space surveillance network.
The relocation project was completedÂ on schedule through a partnership betweenÂ the Air Force with the Australian defense force’s capability acquisition and sustainment group, Payne stated.