The Type 945 was a militarized oscilloscope based on the 545 oscilloscope.  You might recall that the 545 oscilloscope was the basis of an 18 year lawsuit with the U. S. Government that Tektronix won in 1979.  Details of that suit are on our Clone Scopes page.

This document describe the development of the 545 oscilloscope.  Click on the image to view the PDF.


This April 28, 1961 TekWeek features a short article on the 945.

This September 22, 1961 organization chart lists the personnel in the Militarized Products Engineering group.


We also have this undated promotional photo of the 945 militarized oscilloscope.


This  description is from the February 1962 Abridged Catalog.


This ad for the 945 environmentalized oscilloscope appeared in the October 1962 Medical Space Aeronautics.


This photo was our July 2020 Photo of the Month. We do not know the occasion, date, or why these women are pointing to sections of the 945. If you do, let us know.


The museum has a 945 on display.  The top and bottom rail protects the knobs and connectors and also serve as handles to lower the oscilloscope through the hatch of a submarine.  The BNC connectors all have covers and the plug-in latching mechanism is much more robust.  There is also a sealed cover that will attach to the front of the oscilloscope.

This side view shows the plug-in partially removed.

This photo of the plug-in shows the ruggedization with hold-down clamps for each of the tubes.