Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: Varan
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|instrumented range:||200 NM (≙ 370 km)|
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Varan is operating in the X-Band fully coherent airborne sea surveillance radar. It is essentially an Iguane radar with an antenna type which makes it suitable for nose mounting in medium size maritime patrol aircraft.The transmitter is frequency agile, very broadband, and intrapulse modulated. The receiver uses pulse compression at a very high compression rate. The complete system weighs 111 kg.
Under the designation Varan-S, this radar is also equipped as a side-looking airborne radar with the possibility of calculating a synthetic aperture.
This radar became operational in 1984 and was installed in the Falcon Guardian aircraft. Besides France, Chile also used this type of radar.