Radar is a device that uses radio waves to determine the location and speed of moving objects.
The word comes from RAdio Detection And Ranging.
Radar in Days of Infamy Edit
Radar was a completely unknown technology to the Japanese at the start of World War II. Following the Japanese invasion of Hawaii, American radar technology in Hawaii were deliberately destroyed by their respective handlers from falling into Japanese hands. After the raid on San Francisco, Mitsuo Fuchida informed Lt. Saburo Shindo of the existence of Radar. Lt. Shindo was alarmed at its existence and shocked by the American's inability to use it to their advantage. His fears about Radar were put to rest when Minoru Genda informed him that prisoners who were experts on the technology were already in Tokyo working with their own engineers, and they already had some trail installations in place even as they spoke.
From then onwards, many in the Japanese Navy's High Command in Hawaii, constantly feared the Radar technology because it gave the enemy the upper hand in battle, and tried to keep it hidden from their subordinates. They constantly wished that their own technicians would hurry up and reverse engineer the technology so that they could use it themselves.
Although the new technology did arrive in Hawaii to be installed on Akagi in time for the Second Battle of Hawaii, it still didn't make a difference to the outcome of the battle.
Radar in News From the FrontEdit
The New Yorker revealed the existence of an electronic range finding device to the public while it was reporting on the inept response to the Japanese strike at Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. The Washington Post later reported that this device was called Radar, as it was also revealed that the Japanese did not have it.
Radar in Southern VictoryEdit
The technology of wireless range finding, the Y-Range, was developed by many of the major powers shortly prior to or during the Second Great War. As the conflict progressed, ships and eventually night fighting aircraft were equipped with Y-range, which enabled the early detection of approaching adversaries.
Radar in The War That Came EarlyEdit
Britain used radar during World War II to track German planes to overcome the numerical superiority of the Luftwaffe. During the Race Invasion, all the major British radar stations that had been tracking the Germans in southern England were destroyed by Race killercraft, forcing Britain to hide its radar systems.
The British later developed radar sets that could be fitted into a Lancaster bomber, allowing them to use the Lancaster as an airborne electronics platform to coordinate RAF fighters against the Race's killercraft.