Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics
Figure 1: AR-15
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|peak power:||2 × 600 kW|
|instrumented range:||80 NM (≙ 150 km)|
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|antenna rotation:||15 rpm|
The AR-15 was an air traffic control radar operating in S-band with frequency diversity. The transmitter used MG5237A electromotive tunable magnetrons.
Modernization to the type AR-15-2 included a second receive channel for the reception at high altitudes with a passive horn and an adapter for a coaxial cable. The antenna pattern of this channel was about 5° above the previous horn and reduced the influence of fixed targets. At the receiver's input there was a low-noise parametric RF preamplifier with a noise figure of less than 2.5 dB. This modernization increased the range from 60 to 80 nautical miles.
The radar entered service in the early 1970s. About 55 radars of this type were produced, and some remained in service until the mid-1990s.