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WASHINGTON, DC —  Senator John Thune today praised the commencement of a project to install a new digital surveillance radar system at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

"The new radar will help air traffic controllers at both Ellsworth Air Force Base and Rapid City Regional Airport better monitor the skies in our region," said Thune. "The improved radar system will allow for expanded service and improve efficiency. I commend Ellsworth officials, state and city leaders, and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for partnering on the location of this worthwhile project. Although my Senate duties prevented me from attending today's groundbreaking ceremony, I am pleased that the project is moving forward."

According to the U.S. Air Force, the new radar system will eliminate ground clutter and improve weather monitoring. It will also require less maintenance and have greater range, thus saving taxpayer dollars.