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shkval

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How about the early Ferranti radar AI23?I've no info about it except it was used on Lightning fighter.Does AI23 radar has look-down/shoot-down capability?Is it a monopulse radar?What type antenna does it used?How does it compare with other air-born radars in the same period?
 

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I'd love to hear about AI.23.

Where can we find that information?
 

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PaulMM (Overscan) said:
Sure, I can post some info later.

That was said over six years ago but in the meantime nothing has been posted. Why so?

Piotr
 

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Let me give a summary.
AI.23 series:
AI.23 (or AI.23A(?)) - not very well - detect range maybe just 20+ or 30+ kilometres.
AI.23B/S: detect range - 111km
scanner limit - +-50° in azimuth and +-30° in elevation
scanning rate - 160°/s
AI.23C/D: some modifications (http://www.scottbouch.com/English-Electric-Lightning-T5-cockpit.html)(here's something about AI.23D)
added capability: If AI.23C/D is equiped on EE Lightning: pilots can control the seeker head of the Red Top missile manually even if the radar is in search mode instead of track / fire control mode, so that the pilot can launch the Red Top missile without alarming enemy's RWR.

All information sources is listed below.
 

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From Lightning F.53 pilots notes.
All is about AI.23S.
AI.23S is the export version of AI.23B, the most commonly equipped AI.23 type.
 

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And another source: Aviation Classics 5 English Electric Lightning
 

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