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SIGINT Vardø island

Last modified: 17 May 2020, submitted by: Joker

Country: Norway    Region: .

Locale: Vardoe

Latitude: 70° 22' 0" N     Longitude: 31° 7' 35" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


Vardø combined SIGINT ELINT and COMINT facility Site is under the E-tjenesten Norwegian Intell Service (NIS). Site is being used for space surveillance, surveillance of areas of national interest abroad and gatering information.
- USAF AN/FPS 129 radar a.k.a. ”Globus II” was located at Vandenberg Airbase (California) named ”Have Stare” and then moved to Norway. Globus II has, however, different equipment compared to Have Stare and has dissimilar properties and functions. The radar is the only one of its kind in the world;
- X-band (10 GHz), hi-res, single narrow beam, 200 Kw peak power;
- mechanically steered parabolic center-feed antenna, 27m in diameter housed in a 35m diameter radome mounted on a rotating pedestal
- able to track objects to geosynchronous altitude about 41000 kms.
Globus II is operationally available 24/7, 365 days a year monitoring, tracking and cataloguing objects in space.
The radar contributes to the US Space Surveillance Network. Data acquired by Globus II contributes to the orbital database maintained by US Space Cmd. Information from this database is made publicly available by NASA via internet. There will be no real-time data exchange between the radar and the US; requests for tasks, execution and data transmission is performed by Norwegian army and NSA personnel under full Norwegian control.
The second radar and third radomes are being used for standard SIGnal INTelligince and COMmunication INTel intereption purposes.strenghtening the ability of the Norwegian Defence Intelligence service to monitor the Norwegian area of military interest


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