Portsmouth, UK

The Maritime Integration & Support Centre (MISC) on Portsdown Hill plays host to this weirdly retrogressive machine building – actually a state-of-the-art radar commissioned by the MoD and destined for their new Type 45 Daring class destroyer ships.  The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AECA) radar system, known as Sampson, is part of the Royal Navy’s new Sea Viper naval air defence system which is said to be able to track and destroy an object the size of a tennis ball travelling at Mach 3.3 Technologically, it more closely resembles the Phased Array system RAF Fylingdales in Yorkshire than it does a conventional pulse emitting radar.  HMS Daring, the first of the Type 45s to be built, began Atlantic sea trials across the Benbecula rocket range in the Outer Hebrides during July 2006.

During our visit to the MISC site, we were continually tailed by private security contractors who tried to prevent us from taking pictures - of the most obvious, conspicuous build for miles around.    

Maritime Integration & Support Centre (MISC) 1, Portsmouth, digital C-print, 2009

Maritime Integration & Support Centre (MISC) 2, Portsmouth, digital C-print, 2009

Maritime Integration & Support Centre (MISC) 3, Portsmouth, digital C-print, 2009