attack off the coast here to determine if weather radar systems can
detect weapons agents dispersed by crop-dusters.
During the four-day test scheduled to begin Monday, a small plane
will release harmless agents, similar in composition to biological
chemical weapons, above the
weather forecasts can distinguish between rain clouds and weapons
like anthrax, which could be released into the air.
“What we hope to gain from this is to basically provide the country
chemical and biological detection umbrella across the
Vince Johnston, deputy product manager for the
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Point Detection Systems.
If this test is successful, the
network running in 18 to 24 months,
The $400,000 test is being conducted in consultation with a host of
federal, state, and local agencies, he said.
The experiment will gauge the capabilities of four different radars,
including a National Weather Service Doppler radar controlled from
Force and mounted in blimps that hover off Cudjoe Key.
“It’s one potential threat where somebody could fly a plane off in
waters and try to disseminate this stuff,”
said. “This gives us a chance to find out what happens over water.”
Several months ago, the
land with a Doppler radar system currently used by the Special
Forces for ground surveillance. The success of that experiment led
the Pentagon to accelerate plans to test a civilian Doppler over
He said a system that flags biological and chemical attacks could be
used without disrupting current weather forecasting operations.
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