Dimona Radar Facility

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Dimona Radar Facility

Dimona Radar Facility is a radar facility near Dimona, Israel.


The Dimona Radar facility has two 400 meter (1,300 feet) tall radar towers designed to track ballistic missiles through space and provide ground-based missiles with the targeting data needed to intercept them.[1] Whilst some claim it uses AN/TPY-2 X-band radar, which can detect missiles up to 1,500 miles / 2,400 kilometers away,[2] it is worth noting that this radar type does not typically involve a radar tower. The towers are owned and operated by the US military, and provide only secondhand intelligence to Israel.[2][1]

The towers of the facility, which are situated at 30°58′07″N 35°05′50″E / 30.9685905°N 35.097121°E / 30.9685905; 35.097121 (Dimona Radar Tower) and at 30°58′32″N 35°05′55″E / 30.9756831°N 35.0986823°E / 30.9756831; 35.0986823 (Dimona Radar Tower), are the tallest towers in Israel, and the tallest used for radar in the world.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Israel to install radar antennae near nuclear site". AFP. 2008-10-03. Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  2. ^ a b McGirk, Tim; Aaron J. Klein (2008-10-02). "Israelis Wary of a US Radar Base in the Negev". Time.
  3. ^ "Skyscraper Page: Dimona Radar Facility, Dimona Israel". Retrieved 2008-10-29.