UK Sonobuoy History Fromma UK Perspective: Rae Farnborough's Role in Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare 2016

UK Sonobuoy History Fromma UK Perspective: Rae Farnborough's Role in Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare 2016

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The Royal Aircraft Establishment(RAE) at Farnborough was well known as a world leading centre for aerospace research and development in the Twentieth Century.What is hardly known is the important role UK scientists at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Farnborough played in Cold War Aircraft/Helicopter Sonobuoy based Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). The book covers the early tentative beginning of airborne ASW in world war one through world war 2, the Cold War, to the present day and also how sonobuoys were used to shadow USSR submarines.Early ASW aircraft had no means of detecting submerged submarines until air dropped acoustic sensors (sonobuoys) were invented by the UK's Professor Blackett during World War 2 to help counter the U- Boat threat to Allied convoys. Professor BlackettThe RAE became the UK's centre of excellence for sonobuoy system research and development in the late 1940s at the beginning of the Cold War.
The book is a unique insider's view of UK airborne ASW as the author, now retired, worked at Farnborough for a number of years and has been helped by: many ex MOD research establishments colleagues who worked at Farnborough, Portland and Winfrith, UK industry scientists and USA ASW experts.The historical development of the UK's Maritime Patrol aircraft and their ASW relevant systems are described as well as the sonobuoys themselves.Sonobuoys are a major success story for UK industry with Ultra Electronics having become the world's leading supplier of sonobuoys.The book also contains an account of why the Nimrod MRA4 project went so drastically wrong, why the Boeing P8 was ordered to eventually replace it and the story of the Thirty Year Development of the UK's new Multistatics System (search fields of separate active transmit and receive sonobuoys).
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  • Hardback
  • Frimley, United Kingdom
  • 120 Black and White colour
  • 0993169430
  • 9780993169434

Table of contents

What are sonobuoys Foreword by Richard Gardner Author's NoteThe Farnborough Sciences Trust - FASTAcknowledgements Introduction CHAPTER 1 A summary history of the RAE and associated MOD research organisationsCHAPTER 2 The Historical Background which led to the development of air deployed sonobuoys in World War 2CHAPTER 3 Letters/Papers from the 1940s relating to Professor Blackett's idea for a Detector Buoy as he first described sonobuoysCHAPTER 4 The first operational sonobuoy, the AN/CRT-1, used by the USA and the UK in World War 2CHAPTER 5 The UK Update their Fixed Wing ASW Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPAs) in the 1950sCHAPTER 6 Post - World War 2 UK Sonobuoy Research and Development CHAPTER 7 Nimrod Enters Service in the 1970s - the world's first jet powered MPACHAPTER 8 The RAE's sonobuoy system activities during the height of the Cold War in the 70s, 80s and early 90sCHAPTER 9 The Basics of Modern Sonobuoy DesignCHAPTER 10 UK Sonobuoy Development from the 1970s to the early 21st CenturyCHAPTER 11 The Thirty Year Development of a UK Multistatics System (search fields of separate active transmit and receive sonobuoys) CHAPTER 12 DERA is Split Up in 2001 and Privatised QinetiQ and MOD Agency Dstl are bornCHAPTER 13 The Nimrod MRA4 SAGACHAPTER 14 The UK Sonobuoy/MPA situation in April 2016 following the P8 Purchase DecisionBIBLIOGRAPHYAPPENDIX 1GlossaryAPPENDIX 2National Archive sonobuoy documentsAPPENDIX 3A US view of the future of airborne ASWAPPENDIX 4Sonobuoys in store at the FAST Museum in Farnborough
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Clive Radley graduated in 1966 with a Queen Mary College BSc (Eng) Aero degree and began his career as very minor part of the Harrier jump jet design team at Kingston. In the late 1960s he switched to Defence Systems Consultancy and he then spent over forty years working in the Anti-Submarine Warfare domain first at EASAMS, a defence systems company and then at DRA/DERA/QinetiQ at Farnborough. At EASAMS he became a project leader at the age of 25 and then had spells as a Business Manager and Business Development Manager. At DRA/DERA/QinetiQ he led a multidisciplinary team which provided independent technical advice to that part of the Nimrod MRA4 Project Team which managed the development and procurement of sonobuoy systems. The contract was complex in terms of multisite, cross disciplinary working and with subcontracts both in the UK and in the USA. The contract also had a Foreign Military Sales element involving the supply of USA sonobuoys to the MOD for evaluation by the UK in multistatic trials. Before DERA was privatised he was the UK's lead for data exchange with the USA on multistatic sonobuoy systems.After retiring from paid work he began wide ranging research Archives into the history and origins of sonobuoys and the roots his family's boatbuilding business. In May 2015 he self-published his first book The Radleys of the Lea - 130 years of boatbuilding and rowing which related the story of his families' exploits as boatbuilders and rowers in the 19th and 20th centuries in NE London. As a former project manager he emphasises that producing the sonobuoy book has been a team effort involving a talented group of retired and almost retired experts in: sonobuoy systems, acoustic processing/displays, sonar, operational analysis, and aircraft systems.
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