For Immediate Release
Friday, May 19, 2000
Contact: Ranjit de Silva
(202) 482-7002
Art Brodsky


Washington--The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today released a report that identified spectrum necessary to support radar spectrum requirements for various Federal agencies. The report entitled, Federal Radar Spectrum Requirements, discusses present and future U.S. radar spectrum requirements needed to support continued and evolving radar requirements in the United States.

The report revisits the NTIA's March 1995 NTIA Requirements Study which indicated the spectrum allocated for the radionavigation, radiolocation, and meteorological radars was considered to be adequate to the year 2004. Specifically, the report noted the long leadtimes (usually 15 years) for radar development and the requirement for the user to amortize the radar investment in the out years to accomplished the radar's intended mission support.

The report limited its investigation to mainly radars used for radionavigation, military radiolocation, meteorological, and Earth observations. The requirements were developed from information gathered from spectrum management data, agency inputs, available literature, and the life cycle projections of the platforms employing radar.

NTIA serves as the principal adviser to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international communications and information issues and represents the Executive Branch before the Congress, other Federal agencies, foreign governments and international organizations. NTIA also manages and promotes efficient use of the electromagnetic spectrum for Federal users.