The MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation stated,
“the proposed site sits directly where the Chinook helicopter training unit carry out virtually all of their training and will therefore have a detrimental effect on operations.”
The MoD continued, “The turbines will be within low flying area 1 and will unacceptably affect military activities. Low flying areas are tactical training areas made available for military operational low flying training, within which military fast jets and Hercules aircraft may operate to as little as 30 metres separation from the ground and other obstacles.”
“The proliferation of obstacles within this area is not only a safety hazard but also severely impacts on its utilisation for essential low flying training.”
The MoD requested that the turbines, if approved, be fitted with blinking lights.
The MoD stated that the wind turbines “will be 19.8km and 31.6km from, detectable by, and will cause unacceptable interference to the ATC [air traffic control] radars at Middle Wallop and Boscombe Down respectively.”
Furthermore, the MoD claims that their precision approach radar at Middle Wallop would encounter “track seduction”, which means “aircraft disappearing from the radar”; additionally, the turbine’s blades would create “false plots” that may cause “overload of the radar’s processor.”
However, in January 2012, the MoD claimed that their “two new wind-farm-friendly radars in Northumberland and Yorkshire, replacing existing radars, provide the potential to remove objections to multiple future wind farms.”
But that hope seems to have now, 18 months later, ended in failure.
The MoD told this website that they “[have] not overcome radar issues with wind turbines and indeed the proposed development at Bullington Cross would have a serious impact on the radars listed.”
Hampshire County Councillor Tom Thacker, who has stated publicly his opposition to the windfarm, posed the question: “If the MOD objects to the wind power station, due to its effect on its Radars, [then] what would be the effect on bats?“
The MoD told this website that:
“The MoD have never made any association with bats and this is not something included in our assessment process.”
Bats use echolocation and not electronic radar for navigation.
The MoD letter to the B&DBC council expressing their objection to the wind farm is HERE. Information about bats and windfarms is HERE; and about echolocation HERE. A video from the USA about radar that works with windfarms is HERE. Further information about windfarms and radar is HERE.