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AN/MPS-36

Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics

Figure 1: AN/MPS-36

Figure 1: AN/MPS-36

Specifications
frequency: 5 400 … 5 900 MHz
(C-Band)
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF):
pulsewidth (τ):
receive time:
dead time:
peak power: 1 MW
average power: 1 kW
instrumented range: 60 000 km
range resolution: 0.6 m
accuracy:
beamwidth: 1.2°
hits per scan:
antenna rotation: 0 … 8 min⁻¹
MTBCF: 100 h
MTTR:

AN/MPS-36

AN/MPS-36 is operating in C-Band mobile instrumentation radar. The radar is housed in a 40 feet (12.4 m) electronics trailer. The parabolic antenna with a diameter of 366 cm is mounted on a 36 feet (11 m) flat-bed pedestal trailer.

The fully coherent transmitter with a duty cycle of 0.001 is based on power amplifiers using Crossed-field amplifier tubes in the final stage. The tube and its related 29 kV power supply are liquid cooled.

14 AN/MPS-36 radars have been procured between 1966 and 1973.

The operating engineer in the photo uses an optical device that helps to identify the targets. However, according to the applicable radiation exposure limits, he is exposed to extreme dosages.