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Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics

Figure 1: AN/MPN-14K

Figure 1: AN/MPN-14K

frequency: 2780 … 2820 MHz 9000 … 9160 MHz
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF): 1100 Hz 1833 Hz
pulsewidth (τ): 0.5 µs
receiving time:
dead time:
peak power: 600 kW 45 kW
average power:
instrumented range: 60 NM (≙ 110km) 10 NM (≙ 18 km)
range resolution: 200 m 60 m
accuracy: 1°; 4% -- ;7.5 m
beamwidth: 2.3° 1.1°
hits per scan:
antenna rotation: 20 ±2 rpm


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 mobile RAPCON may be located up to a distance of 500 feet from the Maintenance Trailer.


Das AN/MPN-13 ähnelt dem AN/MPN-14 ohne den zusätzlichen mobilen RAPCON.


Picture gallery of AN/MPN-14

Figure 2: MPN-14 with opened antenna cabinets