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Type 901M Beam Radar Control Radar

Type 901M Beam Radar Control Radar

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Recently purchased a copy of Warships & Navies 1973 by A J watts (Ian Allen Publications), which although a full 40 years old, was compiled by, then leading naval journalists and gives an excellent insight into the RN.

Thought SN members might want to view some of the fine images from this antique book, and perhaps rather than always focusing on the ships it was time we viewed and discussed some of the weapons and fittings of post war RN ships.
 

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A lot has been said about the rapidly obselete Sea Slug system, but was it the radar system or the missile system which was not up to the job??
 

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Designed to track Russian Bear aircraft, high flying with a slow rate of change, the missile was a beam rider that flew up the beam generated by the 901 radar. No good for fast flying aircraft as they had flown away before the missile had time to get to them and you ended up doing a tail chase. I used to stand on that small platform beside the dish and operate two cine cameras during firings.
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Thanks John. That was it's designed role? Seems very limited in use, would love to know how good Contemporary navies systems compared.
Just an afterthought John, at the time did you think the Sea Slug was naff?
 

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Yes, I think it was out of date when it finally got to sea in the counties. Lots of smoke and flames, not much bang.
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The Sea Slug was, I believe, conceived at the same time as the RAF Bloodhound and the Army Thunderbird - They all had four boosters and a main propulsion unit.
Amazing when you consider it - Three different systems doing the same job running simultaneously, all built in the UK.
The differences were the lack of big fins and the wave riding system; but didn't the later sea slugs adopt the same targeting radar as the RAF and Army missiles?
 

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