The Secret History of Silicon Valley (56 minutes) Google Tech Talks, Dec 18 2007 by Steve Blank is a very interesting overview of Electronic Warfare and how Stanford professor Terman helped develop the west coast infrastructure. Highly recommended. The cost in human lives is has a noticable impact on Steve.
Hidden in Plain Sight (1:02:45) at the Computer Museum, by Steve Blank, Nov 20, 2008 - a very similar talk
The PDF version is as it appeared originally and contains all the illustrations, some of which may be missing or distorted in the html version.
Moon Bounce Elint - PDF - a CIA paper was SECRET NO FOREIGN, declassified 2 July 96 - why the Stanford 150 foot dish is one of the best for Moon Bounce ELINT
QUALITY ELINT - PDF - a Feb 1968 CIA paper was SECRET NO FOREIGN, declassified 2 July 96 - looking at antenna patterns along with actual power levels.
An Elint Vigil, Unmanned - PDF - a CIA paper was SECRET NO FOREIGN, declassified 2 July 96 - about the SA-2 SAM system (one of the systems the Limiter Detector was developed) a proposed automatic system (was it deployed?).
Communist Defense Against Aerial Surveillance in Southeast Asia - a CIA paper was SECRET NO FOREIGN, declassified 2 July 96 - all illistrations at end of paper
THE OXCART STORY - a CIA paper was SECRET, declassified 2 July 96 - about the A-12, aka SR-71
SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS - a CIA paper was SECRET, declassified 2 July 96 - includes mention of SA-2 & SA-6
ELINT a Scientific Intelligence System - PDF - 12 page overview formerly SECRET declassified 22 SEPT 93
The U.S. Hunt for Axis Agent Radios - PDF - Official Use Only declassified 18 SEPT 95 -
The carrier based aircraft operating near Vietnam was supposed to turn a manual switch on their Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) to short out the receiver before they left the plane. They were also not supposed to activate any of their radar's while on deck. If both of these rules were broken the result would be that the RWR with the switch in the receive position would have it's front end burned out. The pilot would not know this until he was attacked with no warning from the RWR.
The soviet block surface to air weapons were the SA-x missiles and the ZU-23 gun.
SA-2 Guideline (Wiki: S-75 Dvina)
This was a game changer system that was/is capable of shooting down aircraft flying at over 60,000 feet. Developed in 1957, shot down a RB-57D (Wiki) over China in 1959 (but they claimed a fighter shot it down). The first public shoot down was the U-2 of Francis Powers in 1960 (Wiki).
The Spoon Rest early warning radar (Wiki: P-12) operates at VHF. Note search radars typically operate at low frequencies while tracking/guidance radar's operate at short microwave frequencies. In 1999 it played a part in shooting down an F-117 (Wiki).
The Fan Song Fire control & tracking radar (Wiki) operates in what's now called E (2 - 3 GHz), F (3 - 4 GHz) and G (4 - 6 GHz) bands.
The Radar Warning Receivers and Anti-Radiation Missiles (Wiki), like the Shrike (Wiki, see below) or HARM (see below) were developed to cope with this threat. This also had a major impact leading to the development of nap-of-the Earth (Wiki) aircraft like the F-111 (Wiki), the A-12 (Wiki) designed from the ground up to have radar stealth (Wiki) capabilities and the start of spy satellites (Wiki: Corona) which was controlled from the Blue Cube (Wiki: Onizuka AF Base) in Sunnyvale, CA.
Spy SatellitesI moved this to the China Lake patents page because the Navy was the father of GPS.
This idea is to use raw diode chips instead of diodes mounted in packages because at microwave frequencies the package parasitics (capacitance and inductance) greatly degrade performance.
At the time I was working at Aertech Microwave and we had just started to make microwave modules. These were patterned after the HP comb generator and PIN diode switch modules that were cylinders about 1/4" in diameter with glass to metal seals in each end. The HP design sealed the outer sleeve to the module using a welding process that left the end rough. This unit had a metal strap forming just under 1 turn that induced current in the sleeve and module bringing them to solder meting temperature within seconds. To get a good joint HP had a recess that was the mating surface for microwave contact. This was a difficult thing to make without adding an extra part and so was more expensive than our way of doing it.
I designed our module so that the mating surface was proud of the rest of the module on each end and used a solder process to seal the module.
Rather than use an iron to solder we used a Seven Associates single turn inductive heater with the module held in vertical position so you could see the end under a microscope. A solder pre form was placed in the groove designed for this purpose and the heater start button pressed. In a few seconds the solder sealed the module. The module would then be leak tested using Helium. Helium is the smallest molecule available for leak testing, Hydrogen is a diatomic gas and has a module that's almost twice as big as Helium. Helium leaks out of balloons much easier than hydrogen, that's why mylar helium balloons stay aloft much longer than rubber ones.
Rucker & Kolls and Micromanulipator were the common analytical probe stations that we used a lot. These have a level horseshoe ring that moves up and down relative to the chuck. A stereo zoom microscope and an illuminator would complete the station, plus the probes and test equipment. The micrometer head sets the down height of the horseshoe. The black knobs on either side raise or lower the horseshoe. You can see a double sided socket for a plug-in PCB below the horseshoe and there were (are?) companies that would make up probe cards with the tips where you wanted them so you could use either a plug-in card or individual probes mounted on magnetic mounts, each with it's own positioner. The knurled knobs in the front are the X-Y stage adjustments. The black knob at the very front is for stage rotation.
We had a number of different modules in our product line including switches, comb generators, limiters and detectors. A need came up for a combined limiter detector for a classified military program related to Vietnam. This was for a Quick Reaction Contract (QRC). These contracts typically carried a government priority rating of DX-A7. This meant that we could get our orders delivered before any civilian got his parts and it also meant that the program was watched very closely.
The common RWR at this time was called a "Crystal Video" microwave receiver because it had no RF amplification ahead of the detector and no mixers or Local Oscillators. An early patent for a Microwave Filter and Detector filed in 1958 and granted 1960 is US 2954468. You can see that the "filter" grew into a multi band device.
This Detector (no limiter) has a meandered ceramic matching section. I made up a special housing to hold our separate limiter and detector (LD) in a long tube. On one end was the microwave input SMA(m) connector and on the other end was the connector for the detector output.
I took this prototype up to the Applied Technology Inc. building on a hill in the Stanford Industrial Park. It had a great view of the Palo Alto bay area. Inside there was a room with walls formed by chain link fencing that went all the way to the ceiling. The gate was open and there were men inside carrying snub nose 38 revolvers.
We tested the prototype by applying radar level power levels (accounting for the path loss across a carrier deck) then checked to see of the detector was fried. It passed.
Limiter-Detecton in a single package. I bent the leads to get the module to stay upside down on the scanner. The two black dots to the left are the shunt limiter diodes, then a 1/4 wave ceramic transformer with a Schottky diode mounted at the right end, then a ceramic capacitor. I next designed a way to package a combined LD in a single longer module and add a housing at the back to hold the factory select bias resistor and blocking capacitor, DC bias terminal and Video output terminal and have the mounting holes and RF connector be in the same place as the original detector. This was a form, fit and function replacement that included both Limiter and Detector functions..
This is a reject unit without the rear (right end) cover installed. The back end housing was made from a piece of square Aluminum stock with a single round cavity (easy to make with a milling machine or screw machine). The printed circuit board (PCB) that went into the housing was circular in shape with a diameter that matched a punch that was already in our machine shop. The PCB could be made up in advance with a range of the common resistor values used for setting the detector bias and once the operators had determined the correct bias the correct box would be mated to the limiter detector.
The square box contains the bias circuit and positions the DC input and video output connectors in the same location with respect to the mounting holes as the original ATI detector. The back of the box was bored in a milling machine with a single cylindrical hole. The PCB was punched using a Rotex so it would be circular and fit the milled hole.
The ALR-xx systems that used these LDs covered a very wide frequency range. This was handled by using a triplexer (or quadraplexer) to split the input frequency band into narrower bands. The exact frequencies were classified. We built the LDs in various bands to match the requirements for each system.
Another version was the Switched Limiter Detector where the limiter DC return was brought out on a connector. That way you could apply a bias to the limiter diodes turning them on as PIN switches. This allows the detection of a CW signal. This is a prototype unit. An earlier version applied the limiter diode bias from the back end of the module, but that did not work because there was cross talk between the diode drive signal and the detector output.
The modules were tuned in a clean room using various test setups. Early on we used the Systron Donner small sweep oscillator that had a box full of signal generator heads and switched between them to get a wide band sweep. The setup included either an HP Scalar Network Analyzer (SNA) or shortly later the 8410 Vector Network Analyzer (VNA). There were some simple things that could be done to determine how to improve the VSWR by the use of the VNA that were not possible with the SNA.
A good VSWR that was obtained by good matching was far superior to a good VSWR that was obtained by loss. This made our LDs more sensitive and at the same time they had the limiter to protect from carrier zapping.
The Wild Weasel (Wiki) project is documented in a short movie produced by the Association of Old Crows called "First In, Last Out" that chronicles the early days of the Wild Weasel program.
Crystal Video - Aperiodic receivers
A big advantage of the crystal video receiver is it's simplicity (no local oscillator, no mixer, no IF amp) which also means lower cost than a hetrodyne type receiver. The down side is that it is not as sensitive. But for some applications sensitivity is not the key parameter.
A Crystal Video receiver consists of an antenna, detector and video output. It covers a wide input band and there's no tuning required. The crystal video detectors on this page were built for specific (often classified) microwave frequency bands (that corresponded with various Surface to Air Missiles or guns). These typically include a multiband filter (tri-plexer, Quadra-plexer) with a detector optimized for each filter output (see the AM-6536/ALR-54 for an example).
The military units I worked on were for detecting pulse modulated RADAR signals so the input had modulation. A closely related crystal video receiver was the Fuzz Buster (Wiki) for detecting the CW signal from a police speed RADAR. It used a couple of W.W.II surplus microwave diodes (1N23?) in a waveguide (Wiki). One end of the waveguide was the horn antenna. Just behind the antenna the first diode was modulated by a square wave signal at an audio frequency (1 kHz?). The audio frequency will not propagate in the wave guide so the second detector diode only responded to the change in strength of the RADAR signal. A narrow band audio amplifier followed the detector diode. Note a high Q narrow band audio amplifier followed by a meter is the HP 415 meter. Although made for VSWR (Wiki) measurements, it's also great for doing lab work on something like a Fuzz Buster. This is because the narrower the bandwidth the weaker a signal can be detected.An improvement on using a square wave, like in the Fuzz Buster would be to use a pseudorandom (Wiki: PR) on/off modulation and a correlation detector. This is also called a Lock-In Amplifier (Wiki). I worked with an engineer from England who used this technique to measure the step response of a steam powered electrical generating plant. It would be impossible to make a direct measurement since changing the input steam pressure from zero to full blast all at once would destroy the turbine. So he used a piston on the input steam line to make a very small change to the input pressure. The piston was modulated with a very long pseudorandom code and a correlator sensed the output. Analog Devices makes Synchronous Detectors for doing this and AFAICR some of these also have a PR source. I did not see the part I remembered, maybe it was the ADA2200 or AD630 ? These can see signals 100dB below the noise level.
The common Boy Scout crystal radio is very similar and uses a tuned tank circuit to select the desired station.
I have a Wi-Fi detector that is a crystal video receiver with an LED bar graph display. It consists of a patch antenna, a bandpass filter, an RF amplifier and a detector followed by an analog circuit driving a LED bargraph display.
Tunnel (really back diodes) make excellent microwave crystal video detectors because the diode impedance is near 50 Ohms so not only provides very good input microwave frequency matching but also provides a very wide bandwidth output signal source from near 50 Ohms so great for seeing the true shape of narrow pulses. The common crystal microwave detector that harks back to the 1N23 point contact diode (Wiki) has a high output impedance and so is not good for wide bandwidth signals, like RADAR pulses.Mike Valentine makes the Valentine 1 radar detector (factory, my cars page). Rather than use the old fashioned crystal video detection method he uses a hetrodyne type receiver (Wiki) and processes the Intermediate Frequency (Wiki) in a way similar to a spectrum analyzer. That's to say the receiver can recognize multiple simultaneous signals and so warn the driver of a number of parameters: is the radar gun in front, at the side or behind you (based on multiple antennas), what frequency band is the radar (based on the design of the LO and IF frequencies), and how many radars (based on counting the peaks in the spectrum analyzer display). This is the ultimate in police radar detectors.
Related non tuned wide band receiversThe Bug Duster by Wenzel has a Sinitsa (Crypto Museum) mode of operation. Some possible improvements: The 1N5711 is a guard ring Schottky diode and so has much more capacitance than a similar diode without the guard ring so might work at higher frequencies.
During W.W. II the aperiodic receiver was invented (see patent 2513384 below). The SSR-201 (Wireless for the Warrior Vol 4) will receive any frequency between 50 kHz and 60 MHz without tuning, i.e. it's a wide open front end. Also see the free on line book The History of the Radio Intelligence Division Before and During World War II. For example one of these was at the Japanese interment camp at Thule Lake, California (Wiki) and caught the man who had built a transmitter used to talk to other inmates who had regular AM radios. They used radio transmissions to coordinate a escape attempt.
Sweep GeneratorsIn the beginning Aertech used Alfred Electronics BWO sweep generators, these literally could be used for boat anchors. They were rack panel width and a couple of feet tall. Later the HP 690 series sweepers with the plug-in BWO and snap in plastic frequency dial were used. It was possible to put a number (3?) of plug-ins in one rack and the master in another in order to sweep more than one standard band (standard bands were AFAICR, L = 1 to 2, S = 2 to 4, C = 4 to 8, X = 8 to 12.4, K = 12.4 to 18, Ku = 18 to 26 GHz). Then the Kruse Stork 5000 solid state sweeper came out and it too had a combiner for multiband sweeps. Then the HP 8350 sweepers came out with a single plug-in for multi-band sweeps and later multi octave band plug-ins. These had poor phase noise, but for most microwave components work worked well. You could tie two together for mixer work. Then there were the synthesized sweep generators with excellent phase noise that were required for precision mixer work.
HP 415E SWR MeterThis is really a very narrow band AC voltmeter centered on 1 kHz. Maybe a few Hz bandwidth. When working with weak microwave signals you can 100% AM modulate the RF (either using the internal 1 kHz modulation feature of the sig gen or an external PIN diode modulator) then feed the output from a detector to the 415 meter. Originally these were used for making slotted line VSWR measurements, but can be used for other applications.
HP 3400 True RMS AC VoltmeterThis is the only meter that I was aware of that could make such a wide band true RMS measurement. Used for making noise measurements in a number of applications.
Also see my Microwave Test Equipment and Military Test Equipment pages for scalar and network analyzers, noise figure meters, &Etc.
1966 vector receiver (the small CRT showed the relative bearing to the threat as the angle from center screen, and the distance from center screen was a relative distance to the threat, made by Itek used to detect:
S/X/C-Band Radar Detection and Homing Set; manufactured by Itek; part of AN/ALQ-27; used in A-7E, U-8, U-21, OV-1D, B-52G, RA-5C, A-6E, F-4, F-14, F-100, F-105, C-123, C-130
- S-band emissions from SA-2s
- early warning ground-control radars
- C-band radiations from the improved SA-2 radars
- X-band characteristics of airborne intercept radars
Also see the ATI Universal Bench Test Kit for the APR-25 and APR-26 as used in the B-52.
crystal video Radar Warning Receiver made by Itek Used to sense power-level changes in the L-band command guidance radars of the SAM i.e. a launch detector.
SAM launch warning system
SAM Launch Warning Set; manufactured by Itek; used with AN/APR-25; used in F-100, F-4, U-8, U-21
Homing and Warning ECM Receiver (improved AN/APR-25); manufactured by Itek; used in F-105, EF-4E, A-7, B-52, F-5E/F
IP-957/APR-36 - CRT display showing relative bearing to and type of threat by Applied Technology Inc (ATI) another view - Label -
"early A-10's used the IP-957/APR-36 azimuth indicator as part of the ALR-46 system and the indicator could display alphanumeric symbols as opposed to simple strobes."
Can anyone define for me what the "BG06" SAM signal was and how the EWs "played" with it? I'm a retired Lt. Col. who flew Ds as a Nav on CAR E-57 during LB II from Andersen. B... B,,,,,,
Re: ECM Signal
BG06 referred to the guidance channel for the SA-2 missile. The missile was tracked by the targeting radar and corrections to the missile were up linked to the missile via the BG06.
Since the BG06 antenna was "looking" back at the launch site, the only way to jam it was to be between the missile and the site. To do this, either you were below the missile doing support jamming or you were lucky and the missile missed you.
The radar warning receiver had a launch light to indicate the BG06 was active. My experience was that the light was inaccurate. I looked for the signal on my ECM receiver.
I an unaware of any way to play with it.
Radar Homing And Warning System; used in F-4G; replaced by AN/APR-47
YouTube: on F-4, no sound:
MF 14 McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II RPO demo flight test 2:48 -
F-4 Cockpit -
TM11-5841-283-12 Operation & Maint Manual is on line at ETM as PIN 053495.pdf
IP-1150 CRT eBay photo
Made by Texas Instruments. There were a number of different seeker heads that could be installed, each for a different target (different frequency band).
We made a set of 4 matched detectors for one of these heads. The one shown is band IX (Wiki). After properly torquing the SMA nut on the RF (bottom) end a tube with a flange was slide down and the O-ring seated on the tube ID. The flange was bolted to the guidance section to support the detector in the high vibration environment found on an aircraft wing. A computerized test system was used to measure hundreds of detectors at a time and output the serial numbers of the matched sets. We could match much better than the spec using this system and it improved our yield. (Another version of this test method was later used by ST Microwave to match detectors for a satellite program to extremely tight tolerances.)
Since the frequency band was determined by which guidance section was installed on the missile, the target needed to be known before take off.
The Shrike has the steering wings located at the center of mass of the missile. This also causes the AIM-7 Sparrow missile (Wiki) to move sideways rather than to rotate.
Wiki: Anti-radiation missile (ARM)
The four detectors are 17, 17', 18 & 18' 3712228 Target marker warhead
China Lake, CA,Jan 23, 1973
replaces the warhead with a marker
making it easier for others to bomb.
Made by Texas Instruments. Instead of using detectors tuned to specific threat frequency ranges the HARM has a wide band mixer that can be electronically tuned to the desired frequency. It's a Superheterodyne receiver (Wiki) not a crystal video receiver.
This is the system where we used the HP 8566B spectrum analyzer to directly measure the spurious mixer products very quickly. This system was in an access controlled room and had a number of security features. The test time was reduced dramatically compared to manual testing. The HARM could be tuned to any desired frequency so one missile could be used for whatever target came up. Unlike the Shrike AGM-45 above where the seeker head determined the frequency of the radar target.
Replaced by the ALR-67 (Wiki).
2-18 GHz Radar Warning Receiver; manufactured by Litton; used in F-8, F-14, A-4, RA-5C, A-6, EA-6B, A-7, F-100, F-4, F/A-18, CF-104 (Canada)
I think this is the one that we made all the LDs for?
Control - Close Up - Label - 3 buttons for enabling or bypassing the lo, med and high frequency bands, also 3 buttons for Built-In-Test of the three bands and these double as AAA, AAA/AI or AI selectors?
Digital Warning Receiver; manufactured by Litton; used in B-52H, A-7D, A-10, C-130, F-104, F-105G, F-111, F-4, F-5E/F, RU-21H, OV-1, OV-10, HH-53
long-range homing receiver
Used on the F-111
0.5-18 GHz Multiband ECM Receiver (improved AN/ALR-59); manufactured by Litton; used in E-2C
(also called the LR-100), a lightweight radar signal receiver designed in-house by Litton Amecom using COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) components. It can serve as a radar warning receiver (RWR) and also provides precision emitter location and identification (ESM/ELINT) as an electronic support measures (ESM) system.
This microwave component is composed of a combination of power spliters and couplers and contains 4 detectors. One pair of detectors provides either an X value and the other pair provides a Y value for a vector. The magnitude of the vector is proportional to the amplitude of the incoming signal and the phase angle is proportional to the frequency of the input signal. In order to get higher frequency resolution you can combine a number of these using delay lines that are increasingly longer so that the frequency is read using a gas meter approach. In this way you can make an instantaneous frequency measuring (IFM) receiver. Note that this receiver can determine the frequency of an incoming signal on only one pulse. We made a number of different models of this device. they have a frequency range that's no more than an octave, else there would be a frequency ambiguity.
Wide Bnad Systems - makes these
WJ App Note: High Probability of Intercept Receivers in an EW Environment -
Not really RWR, but this is the closest web page.
Chaff dispensers typically are also used for flares (Wiki). They are a defense against infrared homing missiles like the Sidewinder developed by China Lake Naval Weapons.
See YouTube for examples of the F-18 launching flares. This may be what the F-18 intended to do prior to the crash involving a KC-130 tanker.
AP - 2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 crew dead, 5 missing, December 6, 2018 -
ProPublica: Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines - Video: Adrift- How the Marine Corps Failed Squadron 242 12:11
M-206 Flare, Aircraft, Countermeasure
This has what appears to be a form and fit equivalent of the M-1, Chaff, Countermeasure.
The M-206 Flare has been fired, the tube is empty. It has fired impulser (primer). The impulser may be electrically triggered rather than triggered by a mechanical hammer.
The M-1 Chaff stick has not been fired, it contains the payload, bit is missing the impulser (primer), so is ready to be used.
They are sitting on top of a couple of RR97/AL Chaff Bricks.
A RADAR countermeasure developed during W.W.II was then called Window by the British, but Chaff (Wiki) by the U.S. This consisted of thin strips of Aluminum foil cut to be a half wavelength long. The trouble was that the strands tended to stick together. The solution was to use small diameter glass fibers with a metallic coating. These do not stick together and you can get a lot more of them in the same dispenser volume.
German words that may be related are Düppel or Kunstfadenstraengen.
By 1957 tactical aircraft had Radar Warning Receivers and Chaff (Ref 2).
In W.W.II a long strip of chaff was called rope. This was used to confuse long range search radar sets that operated in the HF or VHF frequency range where a 1/2 wavelength is much longer than required for a microwave radar. This was on eBay with title: VTG Genuine WORLD WAR II CHAFF to Confuse Radar 70 Years Ago - WWII - It appears to be many feet long.
3" x 3" x 5/8" - Does not look like any common dimensions with the RR-97/AL Chaff Brick.
Tape dimensions (see Fig 4).
Plain leader tape thickness: 0.009"
Plain tape wrap radial thickness: 0.110"
Plain Tape ID: 2.80"
Foil tape is in two layers total thickness: 0.001"
Foil Tape OD: 2.775"
Foil Tape ID: 1.422"
Roll Length Calculator:
Plain Tape: 2.8 Meters long, 12.2 Turns.
Foil Tape: 113 Meters long, 676 Turns.
Fig 1 Three wraps of paper to form a streamer.
Chaff Brick RR97/AL
This thick paper package (5" x 3" x 2") seems to be designed to tear apart when in windy conditions, like being ejected from an aircraft. There is a trigger string (see Fig 4 and Fig 5) which I suspect trips a mouse trap (Wiki) mechanism that spreads the contents of the aluminum box. If you know about these let me know.
The thing that's strange is that these contain aluminum boxes which could damage someone after falling out of the sky. All the other chaff products I've seen would be harmless to anyone on the ground, but not this one. Why? Let me know.
Fig 1 Marked:
RR97/AL (standard nomenclature for chaff container)
190565 (maybe 19 May 1965)
AF33/657/12145 (AF contract number?)
Fig 5 stamped: 63 C3030
M-1, RR-170ALThis is a stick type chaff cartridge maybe introduced around 1977.
RR-170/AL used on: F-4, F-5, F-15, F-16, A-7, A-10
M-1 used on:Army helicopters
made by Armtec.
Table of Chaff Cartridges"Countermeasures Chaff Container" may be the correct way to refer to this brick. Found this information using that search term:
dia x len
2.5 - 10.5
1958 from Ref-1, 16 oz, foil,
2.5 - 10.5 1958 from Ref-1, Fiber, 3 oz
0.3 - 0.6
2 - 18
Mk 46, MJU-8B
2 - 18
Cyl 1.25x5.8 CCU-41/B
8 - 18
1.4" x 6"
6 - 18 H, I & J bands
A-10, B-l, F-15, F-16, C-5, C-17, C-130, and C-141
2 - 18
2 - 18
2 - 18 starting 1990, uses Navy 1x2 stick
NAVAIR 11-120-20 NSWC Crane Draft 1999 Airborne
replaces paper box with plastic box
8 - 18 A-10, F-15, F-16
Ref 1. Chaff Countermeasures and Air Defense RADAR Design, SRI, April 1959, dtic 354894.pdf,
Ref 2. The Air Force in Southeast Asia: Tactics and Techniques of Electronic Warfare, B.C. Nalty, Aug 1977, AFD-110323-034.pdf -
These bricks do work in the D-21/ALE-27 (Wiki). These were used in aircraft where the AN/ALR-46 was used, so about equal vintage.
Overall 39" long x 7" high x 6.5" wide. Each of the two magazines has about 36" internally available for expendables. So for a 2" thick package like the RR-97/AL each row can hold about 18 bricks or 36 bricks total.
Fig 1 Handles fold up to make it easy to carry.
Left end is solid.
Right end has holes shown for pusher. Exit port on bottom.
Fig 2 The two rusty screws at bottom center
of each hole are the package rippers.
There are sheet metal center strips on each side
(2 shown below) between the gear tracks to hold the
expendables slightly away from the tracks.
Fig 3 Trolley to push packages to exit port.
Fig 4 RR-97/AL shown sitting on trolley.
The narrow tie shown pointing up so that
ripper can tear package open.
Fig 5 A ripper for each of the two magazines.
eBay Fig 1
Any electrical interface? No. This is the Dispenser D-21 which is a part of the ALE-27 system.
eBay Fig 2
The illustration matches the look and feel of the RR-97/AL.
eBay Fig 3
Chaff Dispenser Magazine and Feeder
Mfgs. p/n: 30-1050-1 s/n: 5468
Stock No. 5895-012-7468EA (NSN)
Type: D-21/ALE 27
Cont. No. OC-65-2 AF36(600) 19515 (1965 Contract date)
Weight: 23.25 lbs.
Proterty of U.S. Gov't.
Electronics & Systems Inc.
Glen Head, N.Y.
Stamp on black paint: ASS'Y F.T. Feb 11 1965 (data of Fungus Treatment)
eBay Fig 4
The ALE-24 may be the first generation system?
Lundy Electronics & Systems is listed in the 21 October 1989 issue of Electronic Warfare Directory on page 49 showing the ALE-24, ALE-29 (RR-129/RR-144 cartridges, Mk 46/Mk 47 IR flares), ALE-32, ALE-43 (Chaff cutter), ALE-44 (RR-129/Mk 46 flare).
An upgrade of the ALE-39 & ALE-40 dispenser. The ALE-47 (BAE Systems) may be the a more modern dispenser.
1985 - 1986 the ALE-40 had a problem with inadvertent releases and that was fixed in a 1987 modification.
This would be the first of the ALE Chaff countermeasures sets. The eBay seller guessed it was from a B-52.Data Plate:
After taking off the rear cover (single Dzus fastener Wiki)) there is a data plate. Maybe this was to hide what it was. In the UK they treated Window with a lot of secrecy.
Control, Countermeasures Chaff Dispenser
Govt spec: MIL-D-25180
Volts DC: 24-29
Contract No.: AF 33(600) 29810
USAF Stock No.: 1660-036 290 571
Mfrs Part No,: G36X6012
Mfrs Serial No.: AF-55-3079
Webster-Chicago Inc., Chicago, Ill., US Property
Webster-Chicago had many patents related to: phonograph players, wire recorders & tape recorders, but none that I could find related to Chaff Dispensers.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Intervalometer, Countermeasures Chaff Dispenser, TD-93, AN/ALE-1
Mfr's Part No.: RD15100
Mfr's Serial No.: AF 54-4491 (?)
Volts DC: 28
Order No.: AF 28063
Stock No.: AF 1660-03/5/4036
Ryan Industries, Inc. Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Property
Photo from Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Has three 14 socket connectors that look very much like J102. They are marked:
D Output D-1/ALE-1 or D-2/ALE-2 Output C (for the left two connectors)
A-6 Output B
J1013 mail pins
Panel Connector: Amphenol 14S-7, 7/8 male thread
Cable Connector: TBD
+28 VDC Input
28 VDC Panel Lights 3ea parallel GE 327
L 20-27 N
Switched DC to Dispenser
Intervalometer Switch C
Blue Intervalometer Switch D
Red Intervalometer Switch E
Green Intervalometer Switch F
Green Intervalometer Switch H
Blue Intervalometer Switch I
Red Intervalometer Switch J
Green Signal Lamp & Counter
IntervalometerContinuous: Positions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 - What do the numbers mean?
Intervalometer Positions: A, B, C, D, E & F - What do the letters mean?
A total of 12 Positions
Signal Lamp & Chaff Reserve
Every time a chaff package is ejected the Signal lamp flashes and the Reserve counter decrements by the number of packages ejected (not clear since meaning of Switch is not clear).
Fig 3 Data plate under rear cover.
Fig 4 Down Veeder-Root Counter.
Hackaday: MILSPEC Teardown: C-1282 Chaff Controller - Includes a short video where the lights and counter are triggered.Boeing's B-47 Stratojet by Alwyn T. Lloyd - pg 237 shows ALE-1
B-52 Stratofortress vs SA-2 "Guideline" SAM: Vietnam 1972–73 yy Peter E. Davies - pg 18 B-52G shows the ALE-1.
World electronic warfare aircraft by Martin Streetly - pg 117 lists
AN/ALE-1: B-47, B-52 and B-66.
AN/ALE-2: F-100, RB-57 and T-33
The History of US Electronic Warfare: "The renaissance years, 1946 to 1964" by Alfred Price - pg 70: "The ALE-1 was an improved version of the A-6, with a more powerful motor and a more effective system of rollers to ..."
Chaff Patents2476302 Self-propelled projectile for distributing material, Morris R Jeppson, Army, 1949-07-19
2489337 Aerial reflecting signal target, Sperling Jacob George, US Sec War, 1949-11-29 - allows radar tracking of weather ballons
2832507 Dispensing apparatus, John W Beatty, App: 1953-06-05, Pub: 1958-04-29, 221/112; 221/185; 221/244; 221/253 -
2856185 Dispensing mechanism for packaged window material, Fred L Whipple, USAF, App: 1952-01-16, Pub: 1958-10-14, 221/73; 206/820; 221/32; 225/99 - removes tape from cardboard bricks
2859896 Chaff dispenser Francis M Johnson, USAF, App: 1956-07-20, Pub: 1958-11-11 221/112; 221/253; 221/244 - mechanism for dispensing bricks
2881425 Method of producing radio wave reflector cords of varied length, Charles A Gregory, USN, 1959-04-07, 342/12 - metal coating on tissue, cellulose, nylon, or other light weight non-conducting material
2898588 Attack deviation device, Connelly L Graham, Northrop Grumman Corp, 1959-08-04, 342/8; 342/9; 273/360 - radar reflector towed behind aircraft
2907626 Metal coating of glass fibers at high speeds, John B Eisen, Nachtman John Simon, Bjorksten Johan, Lawrence A Roe, Bjorksten Res Lab Inc, Oct 6, 1959, 65/446, 65/475, 65/468, 118/DIG.220, 264/DIG.190, 65/453
2951410 Tape cutter, Harvey J Brown, Lundy Electronics & Systems, 1960-09-06, 83/304; 83/344; 83/582; 83/595; 83/342; 83/345; 83/591 - ALE-43
2954948 Chaff dispensing system, Francis M Johnson, USAF, App: 1956-04-10, Pub: 1960-10-04 244/136; 221/7; 221/243; 221/15; 221/277 - "..holds a stack of boxes or packages of chaff which are to be dispensed." - may jam when gravity points other than to bottom of box (see 4650092 for improved box dispenser)
2957417 Missile decoy, Daniel D Musgrave, (not assigned), 1960-10-25, 244/3.16; 342/9 - bomber launched defensive missile
3023703 Chaff dispensing device, Beatty John William, 1962-03-06
3027047 Chaff tape cutter, Francis M Johnson, USAF, App: 1956-04-27, Pub: 1962-03-27, 221/30; 83/355; 83/357; 83/923; 102/505; 221/25; 221/73; 342/12 -
3095814 Dispensing apparatus, Tor W Jansen, William B Walker, Navy, 1963-07-02
3120689 Fiber winding and fabricating method and machine, Drummond Warren Wendell, Bjorksten Res Lab Inc, Aug 20, 1959, Feb 11, 1964, 156/181, 156/433, 156/166, 28/290, 156/425, 28/289
3126544 W.H. Greatbatch Jr, (not assigned) March 24, 1964, 342/9; 342/12 - lists prior art countermeasure systems - forward fired target missile
3137231 Chaff dispenser system, Francis M Johnson, USAF, App: 1956-06-08, Pub: 1964-06-16 102/351; 342/12; 102/505 - pod with rockets that can be fired ahead of aircraft.
3143965 Chaff dispenser, Pointe Andre E La, Navy, 1964-08-11 - used with meteorological rocket for tracking upper air wind currents.
3150848 Method of decoying a missile from its intended target, Samuel E Lager, 1964-09-29, - IR seeker decoy "mixture of a pyrophoric and an oxidizer together with a suitable inhibiter (vapor depressant) such ,as a polyglycol. "
3221875 Package comprising radar chaff, Elmer G Paquette, USAF, 1965-12-07 342/12; 102/357; 57/13; 102/505 - Bundle of metal coated glass fibers
3263563 Flare ignition device, Harvey J Brown, Lundy Electronics & Systems, 1966-08-02, 89/1.51; 102/342 - expendable package looks like 5x3x2".
3494163 Automatic coiling apparatus, Edward M Wight, Tracor Aerospace Inc, 1970-02-10, 72/129; 72/196; 242/535.3; 72/146; 242/413.2 -
3500409 Means for packaging and dispensing chaff, Burns A Cash, USAF, 1970-03-10, 342/12; 102/386; 102/357 - cap is caught by air and pulls chaff out of weighted container.
3566852 Spring-type end-weighted rope reel chaff dispenser, Ramon I Padron, USAF, 1971-03-02, 124/6; 124/7; 221/92 -
3648350 Method of forming coil packages of metal foil strips, Patrick E Cassidy, Philip S Lowell, Tracor Aerospace Inc, 1972-03-14, 29/423; 156/155; 156/191; 428/906 -
3708563 Magazine for aerial dispenser and method of making same, P Sells, 1973-01-02, 264/46.5; 89/1.816; 264/46.7; 264/255; 89/1.59; 264/46.6; 264/46.9; 264/277 - maybe the start of the 5x3x2" box?
3715754 Tethered chaff strand countermeasure with trailing end kite, J Parry, USAF, 1973-02-06, 342/12 -
3721196 Chaff dispensing system, E Willis, L Musser, J Seagraves, 1973-03-20
3730098 Apparatus for quick-blossoming chaff ejection, W Edwards, US Secretary of Navy, 1973-05-01
3797394 Chaff dispenser, method of dispersing chaff, J Thurston, G Adams, 1974-03-19
3910189 Deployment of conductors into the atmosphere, Roger W Whidden, Frank R Leonard, Sidney Rosenthal, Richard O Fitzpatrick, USAF, 1975-10-07, 102/351; 102/377; 342/12; 102/504 -
3965472 Off-resonant chaff system for a large target viewed by low frequency radar, James Nickolas Constant, 1976-06-22, -
4404912 Chaff cartridge for aircraft defense, Paul Sindermann, Diehl Stiftung and Co, 1983-09-20
4167009 Re-entry chaff, Walter Schwartz, McDonnell Douglas Corp, 1979-09-04 - long range ballistic missile
4313379 Voltage-coded multiple payload cartridge, David W. Wallace, Tracor Aerospace Inc, 1982-02-02, 102/217 - uses Zener diode to allow polarity control of expendables
4371874 Chaff dipole elements and method of packaging, Richard L. Bloom, App: 1973-10-05, Pub: (10 Year Delay) 1983-02-01, 342/12 - use Al, Cu, Zn & Tin to get different fall rates
4597332 Chaff dispenser for atmospheric re-entry, Leonard M. Hoffman, John B. Kimball, App: 1964-12-03, (22 Year Delay)Pub: 1986-07-01, 102/505; 102/351 - for missile reentry
4650092 Device for the ejection of boxes through the exit of a container and box adapted for use in such a device, Nils A. T. , Andersson, Bo S. Lindgren, U.S. Phillips Corp, 1987-03-17, 221/222; 221/226; 221/231; 414/797.7 - non jamming version of 2954948box dispenser.
4763127 Fiber under foil chaff coil, Bradley T. Sallee, Armtec Countermeasures Co, Tracor Aerospace, 1988-08-09
20030137442 Anti-radar space-filling and/or multilevel chaff dispersers, Carles Baliarda, 2005-04-05, - uses fractal patterns
7363861 Pyrotechnic systems and associated methods, Neal W. Brune, Andrew R. Dawson, George H. Wessels, Kevin M. Ford, Armtec Defense Products Co, 2008-04-29, 102/342; 102/336; 102/341 -
2599944 Absorbent body for electromagnetic waves, Winfield W Salisbury, Navy, Filed : 1943-05-11, Pub: 1952-06-10 - book (Aircraft Ref 9) mentions Aquadag (Wiki)
also see Aircraft Ref 9 & Ref 13
While learning about the U2 got the book: "Spyplane: The U-2 History Declassified", Norman Polmar, 2001 - and the prior owner was Ed Lovick who had added newspaper clippings and post-it notes related to stealth.
Amazon: Radar Man: A Personal History of Stealth 2010 by Ed Lovick.
RCS (Wiki) is a measure of how much energy comes back to a radar from some object at some frequency and involves polar diagrams in azimuth and elevation.In Russia during the cold war Petr Ufimtsev (Wiki) wrote a paper "Method of Edge Waves in the Physical Theory of Diffraction". An English version is available online as AD733203.pdf, 7 Sep 1971. Some important concepts are Geometrical Optics (Wiki, refraction, refraction, light is a ray, &Etc), Physical Optics (Wiki, light is a wave, Wiki: Dffraction). The paper is all about diffraction and ways to calculate it. This formed the basis of designing aircraft (and later ships &Etc) that have very low RCS. from Aircraft Ref 9
1960 Powers shot down by the SA-2 (Wiki).
Hewlett Packard introduced the 8410 Vector Network Analyzer in 1967. So I studied AN77-1 also in 1967 and later AN95 on Scattering Parameters.
There was a government service that would allow me, at work, to search for white papers on various topics and so I searched for "Scattering Parameters".
What came back were a large number of papers on Radar Cross Section, but none about microwave testing.
The Evolution Of Stealth Technology -
Also see my Aircraft web page.
The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions of the Vietnam War, Dan Hampton,2015
War in the Forth Dimension; US Electronic Warfare, from the Vietnam War to the Present, Dr. Alfred Price, 2001 - Contains a lot of information that I did not know. But mentions the RWR items on this web page. "If the Fan Song ceased transmitting at that point the Shrike was deprived of homing signals and "went stupid". While this is correct the problem was the bang-bang control system where the control fins (mounted at the center of mass) would be either translating the missile left or right and up or down. When the target signal stopped the fins did not return to the no movement position, but instead stayed where the last command put them, so it really was "stupid".
National Electronics Museum - Library & Archives - exhibit relating to chaff, but nothing on line.
Flying Colors by Sarah Moore, 2015 - see YouTube:
BookTrib Interview With Sarah Moore, Author of 'Flying Colors' - a biography of Victor Tatelman
Military2513384 Aperiodic radio receiver, Hoffert William J, Veatch James P, Feb 14, 1947, 375/339 - since no wide band (500 kHz - 80 MHz) RF amplifiers existed then they used an RF detector on the input followed by audio amplification.
1464322 Radio receiving method and apparatus - tuned
1593837 Radio signaling system - tuned RF amp then detector
1615636 Signaling system - infrasound made so it can be heard with LO
2127525 Radio receiving system - superheterodyne radio
2383126 Spaced wave keying - teletype mark and space signals each has it's own channel
2400133 Double modulation radio receiver - VHF receiver suitable for CW
Radar warning system,Williams Everard M, Oct 26, 1945, Sep 19, 1950, 342/20, 327/37, 327/20
A method to make it easier to differentiate high pulse repetition rate signals (tracking radar) from slower rate search radar signals using vacuum tubes.
Early warning detector,Edgar Koontz Clarence, Page Irving H, (Sec of the Army), Nov 17, 1942, Jul 8, 1952,
342/13, 324/76.39, 375/224, 342/20, 327/20
A variable inductor is in the input circuit that includes a RADAR antenna and is followed by a number of vacuum tubes.
By calibrating in input tuning dial the input frequency can be determined and by means of the audio tone the pulse repetition rate.
Can detect CW signals by using a switch in front of the crystal video detector (the method used in Fuzz Busters).
Pulsed and continuous wave electromagnetic signal detectors,Rittenbach Otto E (US Army), Feb 9, 1967, Sep 2, 1969,
455/281, 342/20, 342/203, 455/337
Two paths one for pulsed and one for CW signals.
3061795 Flip-flop varies frequency of blocking oscillator
Microwave signal checker for continuous wave radiations, Siegel Vernon H, Radatron Res & Dev Corp, Aug 3, 1962, Jun 18, 1963,
455/324, 455/226.1, 375/338, 455/130, 342/20, 343/767, 330/10, 455/347, 455/325
Handheld device to detect CW radars like used for door openers and traffic lights.
3408574 Portable radar warning receiver, Oliver G Currlin, Charles J Schmidt (Maxson Electronics Corp), Oct 29, 1968, 343/703, 324/95, 342/20
battery powered flashlight sized housing, log amp, uses what may be X-band waveguide
3500401 Radar detection device, Elliott Denman R, Miller Gerald O, US Navy China Lake, Jul 15, 1968, Mar 10, 1970, 342/20, 375/339
A crystal video receiver feeds video pulses to a blocking monostable multivibrator with a 200 micro second recovery time so that the highest output frequency is 5,000 Hz. In front of the detector is a shutter which when closed protects the detector from being burned out by a close by radar (like on an aircraft carrier when another fighter plane pilot turns on his RADAR even though he is not supposed to do that). This is the case that triggered my development of the limiter-detector.
3550008 Radio frequency carrier wave signal detector, James A Bright, Dec 22, 1970, 375/339, 455/351, 342/20, 455/334, D10/104.1
X-Band police radar detector using 1N23 diode and solid state circuit.
Automatic radar detection device,Trochanowski Andrew J, Wicks Steven A (US Navy China Lake), Jun 20, 1972, 342/20
Shipboard RWR for fast PRF (tracking radar).
3765336 Chaff bullet, Kulsik R, Us Navy, Oct 16, 1973, 102/505, 342/12 - many referring patents
4176468 Cockpit display simulator for electronic countermeasure training, William B. Marty, Jr. , CUBIC Corp, 1979-12-04
Portable radar-detecting receiver,Allan B. Hitterdal, Northrop Corporation, Jan 1, 1980, 342/20, 343/774 -
wave guide input to crystal video receiver acts as a 9 GHz high pass filter
Police Traffic Speed Radar
The first popular police speed CW Doppler (Wiki) radars operated at 10.525 GHz. This frequency is used for Doppler motion detection modules like for door openers. The Fuzzbuster was a crystal video receiver that consisted of a horn antenna followed by a wave-guide with a couple of W.W.II detector diodes. The first diode was driven with a square wave that added modulation to the incoming signal and the second diode detected the modulated signal. An AC coupled amplifier made the detected signal large enough to trip an alarm.
Even though these first generation police RWRs were not very sensitive they worked because of the RADAR range equation (Wiki), that's to say the power level at the RWR is inversely dependent on the range squared but the power available to the receiver in the radar gun is inversely dependent on the range to the fourth power, so the RWR is working with a much stronger signal that the radar gun.2477567
Means for detecting presence and movement of bodies,Eastern Ind Inc, Oct 7, 1944, Aug 2, 1949, -
342/69, 246/30, 342/109, 340/936, 342/114, 340/935, 246/182.00A, 340/552, 342/128, 340/933
Radio echo apparatus for detecting and measuring the speed of moving objects,Barker John L, Eastern Ind Inc, Jun 13, 1946, Feb 24, 1953
342/104, 342/165, 246/182.00A, 340/936, 324/76.39, 246/30
Traffic speed monitor,Barker John L, Midlock Bernard J, Lab For Electronics Inc, Dec 2, 1958, Mar 6, 1962,
340/936, 340/441, 235/132.00E, 327/77, 235/99.00A, 324/161, 377/9
Radar warning receiver,Richard L. Grimsley, Michael D. Valentine (Cincinnati Microwave, Inc.), Apr 8, 1986 455/226.1, 340/902, 324/76.27, 342/20
Motor vehicle police radar detector for detecting multiple radar sources,Clarence R. Groth, Stephen R. Scholl, Michael D. Valentine (Valentine Research, Inc.),
Sep 8, 1992, 342/20 -
Also see my Cars web page for the V1 RWR.
Information Friend or Foe (Wiki: IFF). In war time the IFF sets are programmed so that they only transmit when a secret code is received so that they do not become beacons telling the enemy where they are. An exception happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam, see: Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star - College Eye - QRC-248 IFF systems that worked with Russian IFF equipment (Ref 2)
This receive then transmit system uses a local oscillator that is offset 30 Mhz from the Tx and Rx frequencies which are 60 MHz apart. This is done in the same frequency pair used for aircraft transponders (Wiki). Uplink to aircraft is 1030 MHz and downlink from aircraft is 1090 MHz with the LO at 1060 MHz.
The Aeronautical Radio Navigation Service (ARNS) operates in the 960 - 1215 Mhz band. In the U.S. the FAA manages the 960 - 1164 MHz portion of that band. ADS-B (Wiki) operates these same two frequencies but there's an optional aircraft output at 978 Mhz available for general aviation aircraft flying in the U.S. Plane tracking web sites, like FlightRadar24 make use of ADS-B signals. They do this by placing a hardware box that contains a 1090 downlink receiver and a GPS receiver both connected to the internet and the headquarters facility in Germany that feeds to web service.
I have a radar CRT which may be for the APG-40 RADAR that was used on the F-94C Starfire jet (Wiki).
This is just a place holder if I can find it.
Wings Over Vietnam - Wild Weasels Documentary (46:47) -
"First In - Last Out" relates to the relative speed of the F-100 and F-105.Wings Over Vietnam - Spookies, Spectres and Shadows Documentary - Gun Ships
The function of the Shrike missile was to destroy the SA-2 RADAR antenna. The sight could be destroyed using cluster bombs.
May 1968 - Introduction of AGM-78 Standard anti-radiation Missile
Wings Over Vietnam - The Mission The (helicopter) Gunships -
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