Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: Type 96
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|peak power:||2 MW||2 × 2.25 MW|
|instrumented range:||175 NM (≙ 325 km)|
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|antenna rotation:||6 rpm|
Type 96 (manufacturers designator: S 649) was an early warning radar operating in the L-Band and S-Band, which was only manufactured as a single piece and was set up in 1979 on the British island of Unst on the mountain Saxa Vord (60°49'41.6" N 0°50'27.5" W) under a protective radome. It was paired there with an HF-200 hightfinder radar. During an extremely strong storm in 1992, the radome and the antennas were destroyed.
Unfortunately, only pictures of the storm damage exist, which is why the picture of the antenna used comes from an advertising brochure of Marconi. The antenna consists of two reflector antennas mounted back to back on a turntable. The radar used three transmitters, one at L-band, and two for frequency-diversity at S-Band.
The radar was replaced by a Type 93 3D radar and, after an interim complete closure, the base was operated only unmanned and remotely.