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Type 279 Air Search Radar


Specifications:


Wavelength 750 cm
Pulse Width 7 to 30 microsecond
Pulse Repetition Frequency     
50 Hz
Power 70 kW
Range 65 to 95 nautical miles (120 to 175 km) at 16,000 feet (5000 meters)
27 to 40 nautical miles (50 to 75 km) at 3000 feet (370 meters)
16 to 24 nautical miles (30 to 44 km) at 1000 feet (300 meters)
5 to 8 nautical miles (9 to 15 km) at 100 feet (30 meters)
Accuracy
50 yards/5 degrees
45 meters/5 degrees
Resolution
500 yards
450 meters
Production
From 1940


The Type 279 was an early British naval air search radar, available when war broke out in the Pacific. Its chief weaknesses were that it was almost useless against low-flying aircraft or ships and that its resolution was quite poor, making it of little use for fighter direction.


References

Buderi (1998)

Friedman (1981)


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