Along with much of the Top Site equipment the S649 suffered extremely in the storm at New Year 91/92. The radome was destroyed and so much damage was done to the radar itself that it was off the air for most of the following year. In view of the planned installation of the Type 93, the radome for the S649 was not replaced and only one side of the aerial array was brought back into operational use. The L Band (D and nowadays) side of the radar was repaired by Marconi and, following calibration flights, was brought back into service in Nov 92 - over 9 months after the storm.
Radome Construction & Installation of the S649
The Completed Radome
Damage to the Radar in the Storm at New Year 91/92
The Repaired S649
S649 Equipment Room