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P-10 “Knife Rest B”

Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
P-10 Antenne

Figure 1: P-10 antenna

frequency: VHF-band
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF): 100 Hz
pulsewidth (τ): 4 or 12 µs
receiving time:
dead time:
peak power: 55 … 75 kW
average power:
instrumented range: 180 … 200 km
range resolution:
beamwidth: 21 degrees
hits per scan:
antenna rotation: 0 … 6 rpm

P-10 “Knife Rest B”

The P-10 radar (Russian designator: “Volga A”; Cyrillic: «Волга А»; NATO designation: “Knife Rest B”) is a further development of the P-8 radar and was included in the armament of the Soviet Army from 1953. The half-width of the 2x2 antenna array was between 20 and 24° (frequency-dependent). The elevation angle was determined with a goniometer from which the target elevation could be determined with a nomogram. Accuracy of the angle determination succeeded up to ±2.5°. The radar was already equipped with a jamming protection system. The receiver sensitivity was nominally 3 µV (≙ −103 dBm), at the limits of the frequency range of 4 µV. Radar information was displayed on a PPI and a Range-Height Indicator (E-scope). In 1956 the P-10 was replaced by the P-12 radar.

Picture gallery of the P-10

Picture 2: P-10 antenna