US military to install radar system in Palau, island nation south-west of Guam

Aug 24, 2017 17:20 IST
US military to install radar system in Palau, island nation south-west of Guam

The United States has announced plans to install radar systems in Palau, an independent nation south-west of Guam, the US territory that North Korea has threatened to target with its inter-continental Ballistic Missiles.

The United States Defence Department along with the Palau Government released a joint statement, in which they stated that they were working to finalise the location of the radar towers on the island nation.

"The radar systems will provide Palau enhanced maritime law enforcement capability... while also providing the US with greater air domain awareness for aviation safety and security," the statement read.

Hence, while the systems are essential for the well-being of the Palau's air and maritime domains, they will also enhance the ability of the United States to maintain its defence of the island Republic.

Besides this, the radar system would also help the island chain in monitoring its massive 500,000 sq km maritime sanctuary, which is approximately the size of Spain.

CA eBook

US links with Palau

• Republic of Palau is an independent island nation, located in the western Pacific Ocean. It hosts over 300 islands.

• The country is a presidential republic that is in free association with the United States, according to the Compact of Free Association signed by both the nations in 1986.

• The agreement sets forth the free and voluntary association of both the nation’s governments.

• The deal mainly focuses on the issues of government, economic, security and defense relations.

• Under the deal, the island nation, which has no independent military, relies on the United States for its defence.

• The US military was granted access to the islands for 50 years, although it currently has no troops stationed there.

Is this article important for exams ? Yes1 Person Agreed

DISCLAIMER: JPL and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

Latest Videos

Register to get FREE updates

    All Fields Mandatory
  • (Ex:9123456789)
  • Please Select Your Interest
  • Please specify

  • ajax-loader
  • A verifcation code has been sent to
    your mobile number

    Please enter the verification code below

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK