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X-Band Radar Enters Pearl Harbor For Maintenance

By | June 18, 2007

      The Sea Based X-Band Radar (SBX) will return to Pearl Harbor for scheduled maintenance and planned system upgrades later this month.

      Since departing Pearl Harbor last January, the SBX demonstrated its ability to operate in the harsh winter weather conditions of the Northern Pacific and participated in two tests of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

      The world’s largest phased-array x-band radar, carried aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible oil platform, could be at Pearl Harbor Shipyard for several months to complete the maintenance and system upgrades.

      During this time, it may go back to sea to participate in another test of the Ground Based Midcourse Defense Program, then return to Pearl Harbor again for completion of the scheduled work.

      There is currently no plan to turn on the SBX radar while in port. If it becomes necessary to turn on the radar following the maintenance and upgrades for testing purposes, it would be at a very low level and emit considerably less energy than a microwave oven.

      BAE Shipyards at Pearl Harbor was selected from among several locations that bid on a competitive contract to accomplish the anticipated maintenance and upgrades.

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