NY Air National Guard unit headed to Australia

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly three dozen members of a New York Air National Guard unit will head Down Under to help install radar used to track space debris and satellites.

National Guard officials say 35 airmen with the 107th Airlift Wing based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will head to Australia later this week for a three-week mission in the state of Western Australia.

The 107th Civil Engineer Squadron will renovate a building and construct a new antenna support structure at a naval communications station.

The U.S. military is moving more than 75 tons of space surveillance network radar equipment from Antigua to Australia under a 2012 agreement between the two countries. Officials say the radar will allow for better tracking of space debris and inactive and active satellites orbiting the Southern Hemisphere.

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