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Congressman Announces Funds for Phased Array

June 29, 2005
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole recently voted for the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Act that will provide $2 million dollars for the Phase Array Radar in Norman.

"This test-bed project seeks to develop weather surveillance capabilities that will point the way to the nation's next operational weather radar system, while at the same time seeking to develop prototype capabilities for aircraft tracking," Congressman Cole said.

"The Phased Array Radar put Norman on the map as the capital of weather research and technology. The joint efforts of the weather center and the University of Oklahoma will enhance our understanding of storms, leading to more accurate and timely forecasts and the saving of lives by giving people more lead time to prepare for storms," Congressman Tom Cole said. "I am very pleased these funds were included in the House passed version of this bill and will work to ensure the funds are included in the Senate version of the bill as well."

These funds will be used to demonstrate the multi-function capability of Phased Array Radar technology for weather and aircraft surveillance.

This legislation must now be debated in the Senate.