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SCR-602 Early Warning Radar


Sketch of SCR-602 early warning radar

Naval History and Heritage Command


Specifications:


Wavelength 50 cm
Scope
PPI
Range 70 miles (110 km) against bomber
Antenna
Mattress (602-A) or parabolic (602-T8)
Weight
300 lbs
136 kg
Production     
650 sets were deployed from 1944-1 to 1945-8


The SCR-602 (AN/TPS-3, or LW in British service) was a lightweight portable early warning radar. Different models used different antennas, but the more advanced used a lightweight parabolic antenna. Designed to provide temporary radar coverage at beachheads or newly capture airfields until heavier radars could be brought in, it was considered highly successful.

References

Buderi (1998)
Guerlac (1987)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2009-6-6)



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