Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: D-RAPCON
|frequency:||2.7 … 2.9 GHz
|pulse repetition time (PRT):|
|pulse repetition frequency (PRF):|
|pulsewidth (τ):||5 µs and 120 µs|
|peak power:||11 kW|
|instrumented range:||60 NM (≙ 110 km)|
|hits per scan:|
|antenna rotation:||12.5 rpm|
|MTBCF:||> 1 300 h|
The D-RAPCON (Deployable Radar APproach CONtrol) is a transportable air traffic control radar system. The radar set is a basic AN/TPS-79 operating in S-band that has been modified for air traffic control requirements. The periphery contains all the subsystems required for ground controlled approach (GCA), which is why the system has been nicknamed “air traffic control in a box”.
Due to the high accuracy of the elevation angle measurement with the monopulse antenna, the radar can also be used as a precision approach radar. With an optional doubling of the transmit power, the radar can also perform tasks as an en route radar. The IFF antenna is integrated into the radiator of the primary radar antenna and also uses the parabolic reflector. A complete Air Traffic Control Room is installed in one container.
The entire system is air transportable on a C-130 “Hercules” and can be operational at a new location within 48 hours.