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AN/APS-96

Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics

Figure 1: Northrop-Grumman E2A with the AN/APS-96

Figure 1: Northrop-Grumman E2A with the AN/APS-96

Specifications
frequency: 400 … 450 MHz
(UHF-band)
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF):
pulsewidth (τ): 12.8 µs
receiving time: ≅ 300 Hz
dead time:
peak power: 1 MW
average power: 3.8 kW
instrumented range: 200 NM (≙ 370 km)
range resolution:
accuracy:
beamwidth: 7.1°
hits per scan:
antenna rotation: 5 rpm
MTBCF:
MTTR:

AN/APS-96

AN/APS-96 was operating in the UHF-band airborne early-warning radar mounted in a 24-foot-diameter rotodome above the fuselage that housed the antenna array for the primary radar and the AN/APX-7 identification friend or foe (IFF) system. The radar could observe sea and sky over a radius of 200 nautical miles (≙ 370 km) from the aircraft’s operational altitude of 30,000 feet (9,150 meters). It provided automatic target tracking.

The AN/APS-96 became operational in 1964 and was the basis for many other radar developments.