on the left is an experimental 4.5" Mk8 radar enhanced round, shown against an early normal Mk8 HE. The top half is made of opaque fibre with an aluminium cross section insert which acts in the same way as a radar cone on a boat ie it reflects and so can be seen by the radar. The idea was that it would be much cheaper to fire 4.5" shells for the radar operators to practice tracking and 'lock on' rather than actual missiles. A small batch was designed and produced but initial test firings showed the radar image to be too small to be of use and the remainder were scrapped. Luckily, the scrappy put the best to one side!
Radar enhanced 4.5 inch shells were used as targets for Seawolf missiles during trials.
I thought these were all seperate rounds as used in the mk 6 gun.
Where did you get the mk8 shell dated 67 from? The mk8 didn't enter service until 1971.
27MMNUTTER42 (18th December 2015)
Did the scrappy have this shell with case and all? Why do I never come across anything like that??
The combined rounds from a mk8 as youll probably be aware (mk6 was separate shell and charge as manually loaded ... Ive worked with both and we did track 4.5 bricks during 'throwoff sheets' with our seawolf) ... I was actually after either a shell (any type) or a round (likewise) so if anyones selling please do advise firstname.lastname@example.org!
Two more of these beauty's are about to come out of the woodwork!!
The first Mark 8 gun to fire at sea was onboard an Iranian destroyer out of Barrow-in-Furness shooting into the danger area off Eskmeals gunnery range, later the RN got it.
Hi A few questions I would like to ask
1 Don't understand why there are no marking on the shell and also why its bronze green and no hazard band
2 What markings are on the bottom of the case and is it stenciled with what type of round and also propellant Lot and filler
3 I have worked on the two types of 4.5 " and not come across this round.
Hope this info helps
Steve Ex RNAD Trecwn and RFA Supply Ships
I have one of these rounds, has a few stamps on the shell
RLB 11/91 lot 33
also it has a ZF with an A stamped on it.
Not sure what some of them mean though