Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: Surface Scout pedestal and antenna
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|average power:||from 3 mW up to 5 W|
|instrumented range:||24 NM (≙ 45 km)|
|range resolution:||6 m|
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|antenna rotation:||10, 20 or 40 rpm|
The Thales Scout is a Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) short-to-medium range surface surveillance and tactical navigation radar. The Radar operates in J-Band on the Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) principle and therefore has an extremely low output power. The dual array antenna of Scout guarantees optimal isolation between the receive and transmit path, which is essential for good long-range performance of an FMCW radar. The transmitter and the receivers are located behind the antenna to prevent unnecessary losses in long waveguide runs. This also ensures ease of installation. The connection to the below deck equipment is made by a single, thin cable. The system can be operated remotely (radio or line connection).
Scout detects targets in adverse sea clutter conditions, thanks to its very small range cell size. The radar signal processor uses 3641 range cells. The system is also very suitable for coastal surveillance.