Radar data from open source literature was and continues to be used to create the database. Commenced in 1965, it was subsequently moved from a manual to a computer-based system in 1984. Over the years it has continued to grow as more data has become available. The REDB now contains over 30,000 lines of parametric data, detailing more than 14,700 different types of radar and related emitteer systems deployed globally. It may be purchased through the contact address below. 

Being compiled solely from open sources, the REDB is, in military jargon, unclassified and therefore will not infringe upon any aspect of national or military security. 

The REDB consists of a series of identical two-dimensional files covering the parametric data of emitters manufactured in the following countries since 1940:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, The Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, The Ukraine, UK and the USA. Obsolete emitters are held in a separate but identically formatted file such that they may still be accessed for historical research.

The emitters are defined by their parametric modes. Each line of data is a mode. There are 84 data fields and up to 35 data source fields. The data fields cover all transmitted parametric values in minimum, median and maximum terms, including intra-pulse and power information, along with each emitter’s true identity, aliases, country of origin and manufacturer. Other fields cover platform installation, associated weapons, type of antenna, range and elevation detection performance achieved against specific target cross-sections, with useful technical and operational comment. Including Alias identities, the REDB now contains over 35,000 emitter names.

The data sets are carried as a series of identically formated Microsoft Excel worksheets and all the tools applicable to Excel can be deployed.  

Related platform databases are also available that tabulate global warships, maritime auxiliaries, patrol vessels and submarines. These data sets carry individual platform identities by ownership, class, type, displacement, name and pennant number along with building time-scales, electronic warfare and radar equipment installations. The listing also includes projected platforms and requirements. Click here to upload the full Index


Chinese Radars is a dynamic computer program and the 16th Edition has been prepared and is available from April 2017. It is presented in .pdf format on DVD and takes the form of a series of Chapters and Sections dealing with land-based, maritime, fixed and rotary wing airborne, missile head and satellite based systems deployed by Chinese military forces.  This report is extensively illustrated in full colour, has detailed emitter parameter data in over 650 pages and is supported by 13 Annexes.  The current delivered price for the DVD version is £485 Sterling (US$600). Hard copies are no longer mailed due to the very high postage cost and a DVD is used because the result is too large for a CD-RoM. Please direct enquiries to the author, John Wise, via e-mail to:
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