All done by knobs and switches, latest style radar training, filmed at Farnborough, England, November 24, dispenses with aircraft, airfields, aircrew - and even radar stations.
GV. OF SOLARTRON.
GV.INT THE COMPUTER ROOM.
SV. MAN AT COMPUTER.
SV.PAN PLACARD "ATTACKING AIRCRAFT" PAN DOWN TO MAN AT CONTROLS.
SV. PLACARD "INTERCEPTING AIRCRAFT".
SCU. FLASHING INDICATOR LIGHTS.
LV. MEN AT COMPUTERS.
LV. "CENTRAL EQUIPMENTS".
SV.PAN DOWN FROM SIGN "CENTRAL EQUIPMENTS" PAN TO PANEL.
SV. MAN EXPOSING INTERIOR OF "CENTRAL EQUIPMENT".
SCU.PAN INTERIOR OF EQUIPMENT.
LV. THE RADAR SCREEN ROOM.
CU. RADAR SCREEN.
SV. INTERIOR OF WORKSHOPS - MEN MAKING EQUIPMENT.
SCU. THE EQUIPMENT.
SCU. MORE EQUIPMENT IN THE MAKING.
SV. PAN UP FROM MASS OF MATERIALS UP TO LADY SOLDERING.
STV. THE WORKS.
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Background: All done by knobs and switches, latest style radar training, filmed at Farnborough, England, November 24, dispenses with aircraft, airfields, aircrew - and even radar stations.
It's all done the painless way. Desk-bound "pilots" sit in front of atom-age equipment, twiddle knobs, press switches. The result is a scientific world of make-believe in which non-existent aircraft appear in the air, complete with heights, courses and speeds - and even details such as rates of turn and climb. Tricky aircraft, too, they can drop "window", the stuff that's supposed to baffle the radar boys.
Authentic background is provided with make-believe "scramble and take-off" and - weather conditions.
Make-believe, perhaps, but to the radar operators - who can even be in the same room as the "pilots" - the results on their screens are just like the real thing.
And that is the whole point of this twentieth century fantasy. Cutting out the tremendous cost of full-scale military exercises - land, air or sea - radar operators can learn their jobs under life-like conditions and can keep up-to-date on latest developments.
The equipment, known as the Solartron Radar Simulator System, costs GBP125,000. The cost can be saved during the first few exercises simulated.
And the cost of one modern fighter aircraft lost in a real exercise would be many times greater than the cost of the equipment.
The first system, which uses instruments to simulate targets, radar stations, attacking and defensive aircraft and electronic countermeasures, has been sold to Italy and will be handed over to Italian Army authorities next month.