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AN/APS-38

Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics

Figure 1: AN/APS-38 in the round radome under the belly

Figure 1: AN/APS-38 in the round radome under the belly

Specifications
frequency: 9 320 ± 10 MHz
(X-band)
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF): 800, 400 or 200 Hz
pulsewidth (τ): 0.5, 2.25 or 4.5 µs
receiving time:
dead time:
peak power: 50 kW
average power: 20 W
instrumented range: 37 NM (≙ 64 km)
range resolution:
accuracy:
beamwidth:
hits per scan:
antenna rotation:
MTBCF:
MTTR:

AN/APS-38

AN/APS-38 was periscope search radar operating in X-band. It was mounted in a retractable radome under the fuselage of the aircraft, behind the weapons bay.

The radar was developed by Naval Research Laboratory in 1955. The modernization to AN/APS-38A took place in 1960, the decommission started 1971.