Prof Simon Watts will be giving a talk titled: “UK Maritime Surveillance Radars for the RAF 1940–2010” for the inaugural presentation for the AES Society as part of the society being re-established in the UK & Ireland.
As part of the 1st organised meeting of the IEEE AES Society we will are arranging a small drinks reception along with a meet and greet component so members attending can meet the newly established committee members.
The history of airborne radars developed in the UK for long range maritime surveillance by the RAF spans from 1940, when ASV Mk. I entered service on Sunderland and Hudson aircraft, through to the 1980s, when the Searchwater radar entered service on the Nimrod MR2. This history came to an end in 2010 when the Nimrod MRA4 programme was cancelled and the Nimrod MR2 taken out of service.
During WWII the first UK centimetric ASV radars were developed (ASV Mks III & VI and latterly ASV Mk. VII), fitted to aircraft such as the Sunderland, Halifax and Wellington, used by Coastal Command. In 1950, the Shackleton MR aircraft entered service, with the ASV Mk. 13 radar, upgraded to ASV 21 in 1959. The Nimrod MR1 replaced to Shackletons in 1970, fitted with the ASV 21D radar, and in 1980 the Nimrod MR2 with the Searchwater radar was introduced.