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Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
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Figure 1: AN/TPS-59

frequency: 1 215 … 1 400 MHz
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF): 180 and 625 Hz
pulsewidth (τ): 0.18 and 1 ms
receiving time:
dead time:
peak power: 46 kW
average power:
instrumented range: 7 - 740 km
range resolution: 43 m
beamwidth: ε: < 1.7°, (1.4° low angle)
β: 3,2°
hits per scan: 1 - 3
antenna rotation: 5 or 10 s
MTBCF: > 1 000 hrs
MTTR: < 40 min


The TPS-59 is an all solid-state L-band (IEEE designation) or in the D-band (NATO designation), three-dimensional air defense radar which provides long-range surveillance and ground-control intercept capability in a tactically mobile environment.

Developed for the United States Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the United States Marine Corps, the TPS-59 (V)3 is designed to operate with HAWK and Patriot. When integrated with HAWK, the TPS-59 (V)3/HAWK system is the most cost effective TMD system currently in production with successfully validated performance against ballistic missiles as well as air breathing threats. The radar has been designed to be rapidly transported by truck, helicopter, or C-130 cargo plane.

The TPS-59 radar’s 740 km range and full 360° azimuth scan results in a surveillance volume of 603 million km³ for tactical missile defense.

The General Electric GE 592 is the export version of the TPS-59 and is supplied to the UK in mobile form and to Belgium for a fixed site installation in 1979. These versions are considered the predecessors of the AN/FPS-117.


  1. David Knox Barton: “Radar System Analysis and Modeling,” Artech House Publishers, 2005, ISBN 1580536816 S.334 (online preview)
  2. Manufacturers Leaflet
  3. Manufacturers Factsheet