About Shokaku's radar:
16 June 1942:
Enter drydock at Kure Naval Yard for battle damage repairs.
27 June 1942:
Leave drydock at Kure, repairs complete. During this tenure an early Type 21 radar was installed, placed directly atop her island's director.
24 August 1942:
Carrier Battle of the Eastern Solomons
- 1315 While still launching the strike wave, SHOKAKU is suddenly dive-bombed by two ENTERPRISE search bombers. Though the new radar room had detected them and sent warning to the bridge in a radar "first" for Kido Butai, it is not received in time.
26 October 1942:
Carrier Battle of Santa Cruz
- 0640 SHOKAKU's radar detects inbound enemy strike, 78 miles away. A CAP of twenty-three fighters is readied over the carriers. (This early example of IJN carrier using radar had detected USS HORNET's first strike wave of 15 dive-bombers with 8 fighters and 6 torpedo planes launched at 0530).
It'd be contradicting sources.
One source indicates only 1 set of this type built, but same source indicates it was installed on numerous ships. Type 21 first fitted to BB Ise in April 1942, Taiyo, Chuyo and Unyo in January 1943, others prior to August 1943. At least 30-40 sets built and used operationally.
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