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Military seeks further restrictions of airspace near station

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. military is seeking to expand restricted airspace around Alaska's Clear Air Force Station.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's plans for a new Long Range Discrimination Radar include a proposal to increase restrictions beyond those of the existing radar facility north of Healy.

Public meetings to inform pilots and others about the proposed changes are scheduled this week in Anchorage, Anderson, and Fairbanks.

Officials said the agency already prohibits airplanes from flying in the immediate vicinity of the station about 112 miles (180 kilometers) southwest of Fairbanks.

Officials said additional restricted airspace is needed at Clear to protect aircraft from a high-intensity radiated field from the new system.

Owner and pilot groups said they are evaluating the proposal.

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