Radar Homing and Warning: The Key to the Wild Weasels

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On Aug. 3, 1965, a group of military and industry officials headed by USAF Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dempster met in secret to examine how to counter the SA-2. One recommendation was to equip a small number of fighter aircraft with radar homing and warning (RHAW) equipment to detect and attack SAM sites.

American industry, especially Applied Technology Inc. (ATI), quickly developed a RHAW system using specialized and off-the-shelf equipment. This system indicated the type of radar, the general direction of the radar signal, and a SAM launch warning. Different types of radar signals included those used to control SAMs, to aim AAA or to direct MiG interceptors.

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