Saturday, March 4, 2006


Floating missile radar rig

`It costs more than $900 million and looms more than 28 stories over the ocean — about 10 stories taller than Aloha Tower.

Longer than a football field, the Sea-Based X-Band Radar is a high-tech, fifth-generation semisubmersible oil-drilling platform that is self-propelled and can be positioned any place in the world. [..]

Although much of what the mobile radar platform can do is classified, Pam Rogers, spokeswoman for the Missile Defense System in Huntsville, Ala., said its radar system is so sensitive that “if a baseball was launched on the West Coast, it could be detected on the East Coast by this radar.”‘

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