Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: MP-RTIP under the UAV “Proteus”
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MP-RTIP (Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program) is an airborne surveillance radar operating in X-Band for long-range surveillance of fixed and moving targets. The radar uses Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Air Track, Concurrent Moving Target Indication, Cued Search, and Ground High-Resolution Radar modes of operation. The MP-RTIP is designated AN/ZPY-2 in the U.S. Air Force.
The sensor consists of three main assemblies. These are the antenna, the radio frequency electronics, and the radar signal processor. The antenna is an active electronically scanned array (AESA), which consists of 1 800 radiating elements. It can be mechanically rotated in the longitudinal axis to point either left or right of the flight direction.