Christian VII. wrote:Absolutely excellent info Dave, it all just makes more and more sense now. The radar capabilities of the Germans, US & British were obviously remarkably close throughout the war, esp. within the Naval scene.
No, this is not
true. KM radar had an early lead but by May of 1941 it was totally outclassed by RN radar and remained so throughout the war.
Christian is correct here.
The Bismarck was equipped with three multi-role FuMO27 sets. In the firecontrol mode FuMO27 was far superior to POW's early model Type 284. It was also superior in the surface search role to any set the POW carried in May 1941.
Brown commenting on the importance of Type 271 wrote:
The British had by May 1941 almost a dozen different kinds of radar installed but it was not until when the 10cm type 271 appeared, with sea trials in March and April 1941, that they had a surface search set competitive to Seetakt.
So for the two most important roles of radar at sea, Bismarck had superior radar capability in May 1941.
Going into 1942 FuMO27 remained slightly superior to Type 284M and was about equal to Type 273P in the surface search mode.
FuMO26 was unquestionably superior to Type 284M in the firecontrol mode and could match the range of Type 273Q (without a PPI).
During 1944, Tirpitz was not only equipped with FuMO26, but also FuMO81 Berlin, FuMO63 Hohentwiel, and FuMO213 Wuerzburg. This suite was hardly outclassed by 1944 British radar suites. Moreover, the British were starting to replace the excellent Type 273Q with the poor performing Type 277 which was outclassed by FuMO81.