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Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics

Figure 1: ASDE-3

Figure 1: ASDE-3 Tower with Rotodome

frequency: 15.7 … 16.2 GHz
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF): 13, 16 or 20 kHz
pulsewidth (τ): 36 ns
receiving time:
dead time:
peak power: 10 kW
average power:
instrumented range: 18 000 ft (≙ 5 500 m)
range resolution:
beamwidth: 0.25°
hits per scan:
antenna rotation: 62 min⁻¹


ASDE-3 is operating in the Ku-band solid-state (except the traveling wave tube transmitter) Surface Movement radar. The antenna is a truncated paraboloid fed by a circular polarised horn feed. It is covered by a flat rotating radome (so-called “Rotodome”).

Picture gallery of ASDE-3

Figure 2: Tower CVG, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, with the ASDE-3 rotodome,
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