US missile-defense radar to go up in Qatar

A powerful new American X-Band radar station will be built in Qatar following Iran’s successful testing earlier this month of surface-to-surface Shahab-3 missiles, which are capable of reaching Israel and southern Europe. They can also hit US bases in the region. The new station will supplement the powerful US missile-defense radar stations operating in Israel’s Negev and central Turkey. DEBKAfile: It will be linked to US land- and ship-based missile-interceptor systems and the Israeli anti-missile Arrow. The three stations will form an arc cable to track missiles from deep inside Iran. This the first time an advanced Israeli missile interception battery is connected to a radar facility located in an Arab country.

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