Written answers

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Photo of Alan FarrellAlan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael)
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108. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will provide an update with regard to efforts to develop primary radar within the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3566/23]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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A project team, comprising senior civil and military personnel, has commenced work on planning for military radar capabilities, including primary radar. This is one of the early actions identified in a High Level Action Plan published in response to last year's report of the Commission on the Defence Forces.

Work carried out to date includes identification of requirements and research into various delivery options, as well as consideration of approaches internationally. This has included a visit to another Member State.

Delivery of primary radar is extremely complex and will take some time to deliver.Delivery has however been prioritised by Government and this year’s increased capital allocation for Defence includes funding to explore the development of a primary radar capability.


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