The requirement is for the provision of Engineering Services and Scheduled Sustainment of the Solid State Phased Array Radar (SSPAR) at RAF Fylingdales
, North Yorkshire.
LIVING below ground sounds like a Dan Dare sci-fi future except that I was guest in an underground complex 40 years ago when I spent a day at RAF Fylingdale
Squadron Leader Ralph Dinsley, who is based at RAF Fylingdales
, said: "It is so hard to predict.
FULLY EQUIPPED One of the log cabins CONTRASTS RAF Fylingdales
military base in North Yorkshire and below the beautiful Robin Hood's Bay RELAXING Forest Holidays' Keldy cabin site, Cropton Forest, North Yorkshire.
base forms part of a worldwide network of powerful radars and tracks all object in orbit bigger than 10cm as well as providing early warning of any incoming ballistic missile attack.
1mm of rain fell at Fylingdales
in North Yorkshire in a 24 hour period between June 24 and 25, was followed by a similar deluge in July when Pershore College in Worcestershire saw 120.
A 4,000-year-old carved stone discovered on moorland at Fylingdales
, near Whitby, could be a prehistoric map, say archaeologists.
The relic, unique in England and considered internationally significant by experts, was found after the blaze consumed two and a half square kilometres of heather moor land on the north York moors at Fylingdales
, near Whitby, in September last year.
North Yorkshire police said a 'low level' protest at RAF Fylingdales
had 'passed off peacefully' and people had been 'well-behaved'.
On January 15, the UK's Secretary of State for Defence Geoff Hoon said the British government would agree to a US request to upgrade a radar station at Fylingdales
in northern England as part of the US's missile-defense program (see "UK Receives Missile-defense Request from US", JED, January 2003, p.
America wants to use Fylingdales
radar station, North Yorkshire, for the system, dubbed `Son of Star Wars'.
Britain would be directly involved because the Early Warning Systems at RAF Fylingdales
in Yorkshire would be crucial.