The Dish was a patrol aircraft produced by the Earth Federation.
The Dish was a small patrol aircraft that was carried out several functions including airborne early warning and control, electronic warfare, and transport. It was used for long-range target identification to optimise troop deployment. However, its effectiveness was diminished as Minovsky particle scattering systems became more widespread.
The aircraft remained in service even after the war. One unit was docked in the hangar of the Ra Cailum in UC 0096.
The Dish was designed with a large radome that protected a powerful long range radar. The radar was used for airborne early warning and control, and electronic warfare purposes.However, its effectiveness was diminished by the presence of Minovsky particle as the particles disrupted electromagnetic radiation, and thus hampered radar use.
The Dish was not designed for combat, so it was only equipped with a machine gun for defence.
Behind the scenes
Kunio Okawara was the original mechanical designer.