Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: AN/MPQ-43
|frequency:||1 350 … 1 450 MHz
|pulse repetition time (PRT):|
|pulse repetition frequency (PRF):||417 … 438 Hz|
|pulsewidth (τ):||6 µs|
|peak power:||6 MW|
|average power:||26 kW|
|instrumented range:||500 km|
|hits per scan:|
HIPAR (High Power Acquisition Radar) was an L-band target acquisition radar designed specifically for the Improved Nike-Hercules air defense missile system. The mobile version was called AN/MPQ-43. It uses the same electronic components as the stationary system. However, unlike the stationary version, the AN/MPQ-43 is capable of switching the antenna from a cosec² pattern to a fan beam pattern.
Since this radar was very powerful but too expensive, the AN/FPS-56 and AN/FPS-75 were used as replacements in some military units.