Radar: Wind Power

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Melanie Onn Melanie Onn Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that potential interference with air defence radar does not prevent the future development of offshore wind sites.

Photo of Melanie Onn Melanie Onn Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with representatives of the offshore wind sector on the interaction between air defence radar and potential future offshore wind sites.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) remains keen to support the future developments of the offshore wind sector, as best it can. However, this needs to be balanced with its requirements to protect the UK and its airspace. MOD officials have regular liaison with representatives of the offshore wind sector on this matter, particularly through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Aviation Management Board meetings. Where appropriate we will continue to liaise across the industry sector and wider Government, including BEIS and the Department for Transport.

The MOD is undertaking further analysis to consider the strategic objectives and understand any risks with our current and future military radar capabilities. We aim to conclude the first 'understand' phase in the spring which will set the scope, structure and timelines for any further phases of work that may be required. However, a way ahead in the immediate future is challenging and requires upgraded or new technologies, which are not currently part of the equipment programme.

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