Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: Antenna of the TA-10 at the Museum « Aérodrome de Merville Calonne Sud »
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|frequency:||2 700 … 2 900 MHz|
|pulse repetition time (PRT):|
|pulse repetition frequency (PRF):||1 000 Hz|
|pulsewidth (τ):||1 µs|
|peak power:||600 kW|
|instrumented range:||65 NM|
|range resolution:||150 m|
|hits per scan:|
|antenna rotation:||15 rpm|
The Terminal Approach control radar TA-10 from Thomson-CSF is an older ATC radar that has been in operation for example at Graz Airport (Austria). It was built in two variants: the TA-10MTD uses a magnetron transmitter with a pulse power of 600 kW and a maximum range of 65 NM. The version TA-10K uses a highpower klystron with a pulse power of 1900 kW and a range of 100 NM.
The letter combination TD as name annex described the filter for clutter suppression, for example MTD-900. This unit features four independent filter channels which act as a zero-velocity filter, a moving target filter (effectively a triple or quadruple canceler), and two mobile weather clutter rejection filters. The system is based on a Motorola 68020 processor.
AN/FPN-66 approach radar station consists of two Thomson-CSF equipments being provided for the US Army by Wilcox Electric Inc, a Thomson-CSF subsidiary. The two systems are this primary radar TA-10 MTD and the secondary surveillance radar RSM 970. The RSM 970 is a monopulse secondary surveillance radar which is entirely solid-state and fully compatible for Mode S.
Picture gallery of TA-10
Figure 2: Ta-10 with the antenna AC-316