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AN/FPQ-6

Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics

Figure 1: AN/FPQ-6 at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

Figure 1: AN/FPQ-6 at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

Specifications
frequency: 5 400 … 5 900 MHz
(C-band)
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF): 160 … 640 Hz
pulsewidth (τ): 0,25 … 2,4 µs
receiving time:
dead time:
peak power: 3 MW
average power: 4.8 kW
instrumented range: 32 000 NM (≙ 60 000 km)
range resolution:
accuracy: ±1.8 m
beamwidth: 0.4°
hits per scan:
antenna rotation:
MTBCF:
MTTR:

AN/FPQ-6

The AN/FPQ-6 is operating in the C-band Missile Precision Instrumentation Radar (MIPIR). The radar is a fixed installation for tracking intercontinental ballistic missiles for range safety and range user's trajectory measurement data. AN/FPQ-6 is a successor to the AN/FPS-16.

The radar uses a 29-ft (≙ 8.8 m) Cassegrain antenna with an antenna gain of 51 dB. The transmitter's power stage is a klystron tube.

Five such radars were built between 1958 and 1964.