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What failure?[edit]

Can someone describe what went wrong with this system? The article doesn't say, although it does mention it being a failure and later replaced. Maury 22:58, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

You got me there. It was a while back, when I added this stub. What I can recall is that the computer system had a very short MTBF and serious reliability issues probably due to the vacuum tubes of the day. Perhaps I overreached on the failure line, but I assumed it was a failure since it wasn't installed on any other ships and it was removed and replaced with conventional search radars (SPS-48 or SPS-49). I had no "real" sources, so I made a basic stub. One of the best articles I found was written for wargamers playing Harpoon. Page 6 is about SCANFAR. Though written for a game, it looks very comprehensive and covers many phased array radars. It's last paragraph summarizes the operational failure and subsequent removal of the system. I guess I could have summarized that, but it doesn't seem like a proper source. If you have additional information, feel free to add it. --Dual Freq 00:07, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Yeah I was reading over that too. Not a lot of detail though. Whenever I read about this era stuff I always start wondering about the "computers" though. I mean on one had you had SAGE or DATAR, but then they also described the Sidewinder as having a computer too (6 tubes!). I wonder what this thing was really like? SAGE-like? If so, I can understand the failure modes! Maury 03:45, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't think "failure" is the right word here. The system was in place for almost 20 years and was used to shoot down at least two enemy aircraft. If it had truly been a failure it would have been removed within a few years. Kendall-K1 (talk) 15:44, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
  • I concur, and I was thinking of rewriting the sentence "Despite its failure, the lessons learned were applied to the AN/SPY-1 radar and Aegis combat system." into "Despite its failure to enter widespread service, the lessons learned were applied to the follow-on AN/SPY-1 radar and Aegis combat system." Would that make more sense? Thoughts, anyone? --Dave ♠♣♥♦™№1185©♪♫® 03:57, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
I think that would be perfect. Please go ahead and make the change. Kendall-K1 (talk) 15:43, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Square setting of AN/SPS-33[edit]

"AN/SPS-33 was vertical positioned square set for target tracking". So can someone tell me how a square set can be vertically positioned vice horizontally? Jason A. Recliner (talk) 11:00, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

There is a button at the top of each page that says "edit this page" if you need to correct something. --Dual Freq (talk) 21:26, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

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