Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: RDY under test
(the four dipoles are used by IFF-Interrogator)
|pulse repetition time (PRT):|
|pulse repetition frequency (PRF):||up to > 100 kHz|
|peak power:||4 kW|
|average power:||400 W|
|instrumented range:||120 km|
|hits per scan:|
RDY / RDM
The RDY (French: Radar Doppler modele Y), or Radar Doppler Multi Target Radar (RDM) is an operating in X-Band multi-role and multifunction fire-control radar which provides the navigation and weapon systems with a multi-target capability. The radar can also be used for firing semi-active missiles. Development of the RDY radar began in 1984 by Thomson CSF and it was operational in 1996 for using in the Mirage 2000-5.
The RDY radar got a traveling wave tube transmitter. The RDY is equipped with a flat plate mechanically scanning antenna, which offers very low levels of secondary lobes.
The modernized version, RDY-2 has a 15% greater air-to-air range, an SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) mode that allows ground mapping with a resolution of less than one meter and refined moving ground target tracking. It has demonstrated it´s ability to detect, reliably, fighter size targets at 140 km.
The RDY-3 radar is the latest iteration of the RDM/RDY series of radars that have equipped Mirage fighters throughout their life. It provides improved SAR/GMTI modes for building a situational awareness of the ground and tracking targets. The RDY-3 radar is available with different antenna sizes for modernization of light and medium multi-role fighters such as the Mirage V, Mirage F1, Mirage 2000, Mig-29 and LCA/Tejas.
RC400 is a lower powered variant of the RDY-2. It uses a smaller antenna and has much less performance.