America is to contribute almost USD 50 million towards maintaining Norway’s Globus II radar in Finnmark County’s Vardø.
Both the US Air Force (USAF) and Norwegian army’s intelligence service operate the facility, built at the end of the ‘90s.
NATO has previously used Globus II, among others, for an overview of Russians activities for several decades.
According to broadcaster NRK, changing several ageing parts will extend the facility’s lifetime.
Vardø municipality is in the High North, one of the most important areas for Norway, including for keeping abreast of Russian activities and mineral mining.
Norway launched its first nano satellite, the AISSat-1 to keep watch on maritime activities in the High North – also a strategically important area for France – with the country’s military expressing interest for using unmanned drones.
Norway has also extended seismic surveys further northwards in the Barents Sea exploring for hydrocarbons.