Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: AN/FPS-16
|Magnetron Type:||high power||low power|
|frequency:||5 400 … 5 900 MHz||5 450 … 5 825 MHz|
|pulse repetition time (PRT):|
|pulse repetition frequency (PRF):||160, 320, 640 Hz|
|pulsewidth (τ):||0.25, 0.5, 1 µs|
|peak power:||1 MW||250 kW|
|instrumented range:||500 … 8 000 000 Yards
(≙ 450 m … 7 300 km)
|accuracy:||±30 ft, ±0.1 mil|
|hits per scan:|
AN/FPS-16 tracking radar is designed specifically for range instrumentation purposes and is claimed to be the first to be so designed. It is a high-precision, C-band monopulse radar specifically designed to be installed at guided missile test centers for monitoring the flight paths of missiles during tests. It uses monopulse technology by quadruple subdivided horn, and a monopulse duplexer. The polarization is either linear vertical or circular. The transportable version of the AN/FPS-16 is the AN/MPS-25.
First introduced in the mid-1950s, these radars have been extensively modified in the intervening years; almost all now use integrated circuit electronics. Most of the 60 AN/FPS-16 and seven AN/MPS-25 radars have additional modifications including larger diameter antennas (16 ft instead of 12 ft diameter), 3 MW transmitters, low-noise receivers and pulse Dopplers.
- General Electric, Landbased Instrumentation Handbook, AD-A205 116, 1 July 1981