Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: AN/MPN-14K
|frequency:||2780 … 2820 MHz||9000 … 9160 MHz|
|pulse repetition time (PRT):|
|pulse repetition frequency (PRF):||1100 Hz||1833 Hz|
|peak power:||600 kW||45 kW|
|instrumented range:||60 NM (≙ 110km)||10 NM (≙ 18 km)|
|range resolution:||200 m||60 m|
|accuracy:||1°; 4%||-- ;7.5 m|
|hits per scan:|
The AN/MPN-14 basically functions as an air-traffic control center for directing and landing aircraft. The RAPCON trailer, together with the operations trailer and power trailer, comprise Landing Control Central AN/MPN-14. The RAPCON trailer provides a centralized operating area from which to control the movement of aircraft within a 60 mile radius. The equipment contained in the RAPCON augments the GCA Radar Set to control the movement of air traffic approaching or departing from an airfield.
AN/MPN-14 is a mobile radar system that consisted primarily of an Equipment Trailer (all of the radar electronics), a Maintenance Trailer (workbench, AC/Heat, UHF/VHF radios), and a big RAPCON Trailer (ASR and PAR displays and controls). AN/MPN-14 consists of:
- the primary radar AN/CPN-4, an improved modell of a 60-mile S-Band Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR)
- the primary radar AN/FPN-13, a 10-mile S-Band Precision Approach Radar (PAR); and
- and the secondary radar AN/PPN-11A, a 200-mile L-Band Identification Friend or Foe (IFF).
The mobile RAPCON may be located up to a distance of 500 feet from the Maintenance Trailer.
- Military Handbook of United States Radar Equipment, TM 11-487C-1/MIL-HDBK-162A, Volume 1