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SCR-588

Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics

Figure 1: SCR-588

Figure 1: SCR-588

Specifications
frequency: 209 MHz
(VHF-band)
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF): 300 … 700 Hz
pulsewidth (τ): 2 or 5 µs
receiving time:
dead time:
peak power: 125 kW
average power:
instrumented range: 40 or 105 NM
(≙ 74 or 195 km)
range resolution:
accuracy: ± 900 m, ± 0.5°
beamwidth:
hits per scan:
antenna rotation: 0 … 6 rpm
MTBCF:
MTTR:

SCR-588

The SCR-588 is a medium-range surveillance radar operating in the VHF band and (limited by the transmitter’s smaller pulse width) shorter-range Ground Controlled Interception (GCI) radar with height finding capability. The radar is a further development from the British Chain Home Low.

Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment such as the RC-188 (IFF Mark Ⅲ) was required to identify friendly aircraft.