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Radar deal provides more wind farm options

Energy companies look set to gain more opportunities, following deals to overcome military objections to wind farms.

The moves follow test results, showing that wind turbines’ spinning blades disrupt radar systems around the UK coastline.

This had led the Ministry of Defence to object to large-scale wind farm developments due to fears over national security.

The Telegraph reports that new mobile radar systems to detect enemy aircraft and missiles, costing around £20 million, are being purchased by energy suppliers from a US defence contractor.

The new systems are intended to assist radar operators to distinguish between aircraft and wind turbines, as well as avoiding confusion between civil and military air traffic controllers.

It is reported that the result will be to increase opportunities for new wind farm development in Northumberland, the Scottish Borders and off the Norfolk coast.