AUKUS Nations Unite for Deep Space Surveillance with Northrop Grumman's Advanced Radar Capability

Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) is a next generation ground system that will provide security and stability in deep space on a global scale
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 08:11 AM, January 12, 2024
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AUKUS Nations Unite for Deep Space Surveillance with Northrop Grumman's Advanced Radar Capability

The United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom have joined forces to establish the Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC), a system designed to enhance space domain awareness, particularly in geosynchronous orbit.

Spearheaded by Northrop Grumman Corporation, this initiative signifies a significant expansion of the AUKUS alliance's focus into the crucial realm of space security.

Leaders from the three AUKUS nations recently formalized their commitment to DARC by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This collaboration signifies a strategic move to pool resources and expertise, addressing the limitations of individual nations in securing the increasingly important space domain.

The geosynchronous orbit, located approximately 22,236 miles above Earth's equator, is a key area for communication, weather, and surveillance satellites. DARC's primary objective is to provide 24/7 radar coverage in all weather conditions, addressing critical gaps in the ground-based element of the space domain awareness architecture enterprise. This capability is crucial for monitoring and tracking objects in geosynchronous orbit, ensuring uninterrupted surveillance of vital space assets.

The DARC system comprises three advanced ground-based sensors strategically distributed across the AUKUS countries. Operating in unison, these sensors will offer comprehensive coverage and tracking accuracy. The global distribution of DARC not only enhances its effectiveness but also showcases the strategic cooperation among the AUKUS nations.

The collaboration for DARC represents a significant expansion of the AUKUS partnership, originally focused on the Indo-Pacific region.

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