The Type 271 is an early operating in
British naval sea search radar, available when war broke out in Europe.
It has been delivered since April 1941 and was equipped initially with an
Later versions had a
It was fitted primarily to escort vessels (corvettes and frigates).
It used a “double cheese” antenna enclosed in a Perspex (plexiglass) “lantern” (a very early kind of radome).
One antenna was for receive and the other for transmit.
The antennas were steered using an automobile steering wheel from an operator's station directly below the “lantern”.
This arrangement minimized the length of the coaxial cables used in this very early microwave set.
An improved version, Type 271Q, was introduced in 1943 and had a much more powerful
(100 kW) and
correspondingly greater range.