This certainly suggests that with something like the thames this could have been a potent little aircraft. Interestingly Friedman also states that the radar was to be the AI.20?
Would seem so, I'll have to go back to my photocopies and check the reheat chamber diameter as thats the key issue for the Thames.
The AI.20 is a bit of a poser from Friedman, and I do wonder why he writes that. What schematics of the cockpit I've seen suggest a hand controller like in the Lightning and other indications of the use of AI.23 albeit with a 18inch dish.
Which takes me to a some strange musings on AI.20, since this is the only set the UK has with a strong beam function aimed at guidance of a beamriding missile, but in theory there is nothing precluding its use for semi-active homing guidance instead, bar the issue of keeping the beam on the target.
We know from Friedman and the Admiralty records, that they see collision course interception as the more capable method, compared to stern chase it allows a interception at greater distance from the carrier. But at the time, Red Dean is dead, and Red Hebe is sometime in the future, so they only have the Firestreak IR homer available, with all that means for stern chase interceptions only.