[FPSPACE] Pave Paws for Taiwan
thomsona at flash.net
Mon Jun 27 15:18:54 EDT 2005
This is slightly, potentially space-like, a point we'll get to presently.
The long range surveillance radar the US Air Force recently contracted with
Raytheon to build for Taiwan is apparently the Pave Paws that was offered to
Taiwan as a consolation prize for not getting some Aegis destroyers in the
waning days of the Clinton Administration:
Based on the reported location in Hsinchu County, PRC missile deployments
and the characteristics of Pave Paws, I think they might be talking about a
single-face system boresighted at around 300-310 degrees azimuth. Or not --
the two-sided system probably isn't all that much more expensive and looks
Space hook: The American Pave Pawses, when not detecting incoming ballistic
missiles, are used as "collateral" sensors in the USSPACECOM space
surveilance network. ( See above factsheet and
http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/au-18/au18004c.htm ) So, unless some
software enhancements are made to exclude this capability, the Taiwan Pave
Paws could have a similar LEO space surveillance capability -- if they're
interested in LEO space surveillance.
The thought also occurs that the Pave Paws signals could be exploited in a
fairly cheap transmitter-of-opportunity bistatic LEO space surveillance
system by the PRC -- if they're interested in LEO space surveillance.
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