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Actually the Royal Navy modified a Helicopter to carry an airborne radar. I think Prince Andrew flew some of these missions.

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... when the Gannet was retired from Fleet, the Avro Shackleton was adapted to fill the AEW role from land bases, but was too limited when it came to the Falklands. So, a pair of Royal Navy Westland Sea King helicopters were modified with Searchwater LAST (Low Altitude Surveillance Task) radar to fill in, bearing the designation AEW2. These helicopters sailed aboard the newly completed HMS Illustrious, which arrived in the Falklands to relieve HMS Invincible in August 1982 i.e. several weeks after the end of hostilities. Several more Sea Kings would be similarly modified; see below on the left, they were on the ungainly side, but I guess they worked.

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We (my unit) were still using the L4 LMG (7.62mm version of the BREN) up to about 1996, we had 6 on strength (I loved em!). The only other weapon we used that was any sort of throwback to WWII was the Browning Hi power 9mm semi automatic pistol (I loved that too!) which has since been replaced by the Glock. We waved goodbye to the Sterling SMG at about the same time as the SA80 (L85a1 & L86 LSW) replaced the much lamented SLR.

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Thanks Ken!

These pictures of your lads may be of interest.

Taken after the liberation of South Georgia. Note the 'Brens'



8 Troop Zulu company: Note more Brens (And GPMG) and an L42A1 Lee Enfield 7.62mm) sniper rifle.



And patrolling during the conflict.



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