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Type 984 3D radar 


Type 984 3D radar

(United Kingdom)

Notes: Although obscure today, this sensor was a milestone in naval technology as the first realistically effective, long-range 3D multifunction radar. It was developed in the early 1950s and carried only by HMS Victorious, HMS Hermes, and HMS Eagle.


The antenna was a massive (30 ½ tons) trainable structure carried above the bridge. A then-innovative feature was the CDS (Comprehensive Display System) which allowed multiple uses of the radar simultaneously. Besides general search and track, the S-band Type 984 was intended as an air traffic control radar for the carrier’s planes.

Type 984 was considered for installation aboard other ships, however it’s size obviously limited it to larger ships which by the late 1950s, were already dwindling in number in the Royal Navy. A second problem was production capacity, only one set at a time could be produced and construction took many months. There were also mutual interference concerns if two sets were operating in the same battlegroup.

Typical detection ranges

Vs. high-altitude bomber

180NM

Vs. medium-altitude bomber

125NM

Vs. medium-altitude fighter

85NM

Vs. low-altitude fighter

40NM

 

Entry created by: Jason W. Henson
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