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DATAR, short for Digital Automated Tracking and Resolving, was a pioneering computerized battlefield information system.

Development on DATAR was started by the Canadian Navy in partnership with Ferranti Canada (later known as Ferranti-Packard) in 1949. DATAR combined data from various ships providing commanders with an "overall view". The system proved too costly for the post-war Navy to develop alone, and when the Royal Navy and the United States Navy declined to share in the program it was ended. The US later decided they needed just such a system, and developed the Naval Tactical Data System to fill this role.

History

In 1948, the Canadian Defence Research Board (DRB) sent a letter to various Canadian electronics firms informing them of their intention to start a number of projects that would partner the military, academia and private companies. A copy of the letter was sent to Ferranti Canada, then a small distributor of Ferranti's United Kingdom electrical equipment. The letter was forwarded to the then-CEO of Ferranti in the UK, Vincent Ziani de Ferranti, who became excited at the prospect of enlarging their Canadian operations largely funded by the government. At a meeting in October 1948 de Ferranti was disappointed to learn that while the DRB was equally excited, the amount of money they had to offer was basically zero.

Belyea's concept

Word of the meeting reached Jim Belyea, a...
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