Sonobuoys – air dropped acoustic sensors for detecting submerged submarines. The brainchild of the UK’s Professor Blackett during World War 2
PROF BLACKETT WAS ONE OF CHURCHILLS SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS DURING WW2
A SUNDERLAND ATTACK ON A U BOAT IN WW2
NEW BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2016
RAE FARNBOROUGH’S LITTLE KNOWN ROLE IN ANTI – SUBMARINE WARFARE
Sonobuoy History from a UK Perspective
Clive Radley BSc(Eng), AMRAeS, MAPM, Member of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust and the RAF Historical Society
The Royal Aircraft Establishment(RAE) at Farnborough was well known as a world leading centre for aerospace research and development. What is hardly known at all is the important role of UK scientists at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Farnborough in Cold War Aircraft 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.
Sonobuoys were invented by the UKs Professor Blackett during World War 2 to help counter the U- Boat threat to Allied convoys.
The RAE became the UKs 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 in ASW at Farnborough for a number of years and has consulted a multitude of sources including many ex RAE colleagues, UK industry scientists and USA scientists from the cold war era.
The book has been written for the non-technical reader who has a broad appreciation of defence matters.
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 what the author believes is the definitive account of why the Nimrod MRA4 project went so drastically wrong.
The book will be available via Amazon, specialist book shops, the
FAST museum book shop or directly from the author.
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