Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: Antenna of DRBV-20C on French FS Colbert (C611)
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DRBV-20 (Détection Radioélectrique emBarquée de Veille) was operating in the VHF-Band long range air surveillance radar. There are two principal antenna configurations (DRBV-20A and DRBV-20C). The antenna is a big “mattress” type with dipole feed elements arranged in three or four horizontal rows.
The commissioning took place in 1949 on Colbert and De Grasse anti-aircraft cruisers of the French Navy. The radar remained in operation until the mid-1980s.