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This book section discussed the different radar system for reconnaisance and surveilance like the APS-145 which is the latest version of the Airborne Early Warning radar for the US Navy's carrier based E-2C Hawkeye. Early versions of the aircraft went into service in 1963. Since then, it and the radar have undergone numerous upgrades. The APY-2 is the radar for the U.S. Air Force E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS). From an operational altitude of 30,000 ft, the radar can detect low altitude and sea-surface targets out to 215 nmi, coaltitude targets out to 430 nmi, and targets beyond the horizon at still greater ranges. Joint STARS is a long-range, long-endurance, air-to-ground surveillance and battle management system carried aboard the U.S. Air Force E-8C aircraft. Operating at altitudes up to 42,000 feet, the system's high-power pulse-doppler radar is capable of looking deep behind hostile borders from a stand-off position and monitoring fixed and moving targets with a combination of high-resolution SAR mapping and moving-target indication (MTI) vehicle detection and tracking.

Chapter Contents:

  • E-2C Hawkeye (APS-145)
  • E-3 AWACS Radar
  • Joint STARS

Inspec keywords: Doppler radar; radar detection; airborne radar; search radar; synthetic aperture radar

Other keywords: moving target monitoring; MTI vehicle detection; system high-power pulse-Doppler radar; U.S. air force E-3 airborne early warning and control system; MTI vehicle tracking; radar detection; US air force E-8C aircraft; AWACS; US Navy carrier based E-2C Hawkeye; joint STARS; moving-target indication vehicle detection; sea-surface targets; high-resolution SAR mapping; APS-145 radar surveillance; long-range long-endurance air-to-ground surveillance; airborne early warning radar; battle management system

Subjects: Radar equipment, systems and applications

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