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Philippine Navy receives TETHERED AEROSTAT RADAR SYSTEM(TARS) from US

As have promised by the US government to the Philippines, the Philippine Navy have received its first Tethered Aerostat Radar System(TARS). This is the military assistance promised by former Pres. Obama in 2015 under the US government's Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative.

The system has a long-range detection and monitoring capability that can detect maritime and air traffic within its domain. This is very much similar to the Tethered Aerostat Radar System used by the US Department of Homeland Security.

It is equipped with a downward looking radar that can detect sea surface, ground, and low level aerial activities. Based on publicly available information, the aerostat's radar system can detect up to 200 miles at maximum operating height from its original deployment. The problem with this is its dependent on weather condition, as bad weather can affect its efficiency on detection, and may damage the tethering of the aerostat from the ground. 

Source: Maxdefense

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