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2018-03-07

Aircraft "Weapons"  –  Radars

 
  See also 
 

Depending on aircraft type, weapons are carried internally and/or externally under wing and/or fuselage pylons with the number of weapons stations varying from one aircraft to the other.   To see the various weapons associated with a particular aircraft see : 

12 Armament

Radars

IRS

 Airborne Radars

 

1 nautical mile  =  1852 metres  =  6075 ft  =  2025 yards

 

Aircraft Radar Ranges
Notes about Radars
Table
AN/APS6
AN/APS20
CYRANO
SwAF
Radars

 Preamble

Performances or airborne radars
As far as AAC is concerned, all airborne radars are of the "seach & Search/Intercept" type for either air or surface targets, and have a look-up and look-down capacity in air-to-air mode.  AAC radars may also be used for mapping/navigation purposes.

Detection range will be a contributing/restricting factor.   With precise data on the subject being scarce, background information has been assembled, and is shown in blue, when sourced, in black when guestimated, and in red when arbitrarily decided.   With detection range depending as much on the radar performances and on the target size (read: radar cross section), AAC targets will be subdivided in the following categories :
Air Targets Sea Targets Land Targets
Small light aircrafts, light helicopters Small periscopes, life rafts Small tanks, trucks
Medium fighters, trainers, heavy helicopters Medium Destroyers, cargo ships, tankers Larger trains, buildings, river boats
Large bombers, airliners, cargo aircrafts Large Cruisers, battleships, carriers    

So, AAC is not playing with the notion of RCS (radar cross section).  Should a "low observable" aircraft be considered it would just fall into the "lower" category. Then, in the 1960s, there weren't any of the kind.   Possible exceptions : the XB-70A Valkyrie which had a much lower RCS than the B-52 or the A-12/SR-71A.  Another possible exception could be the XF-5U Pancake which may have shown a reduced RCS compared to contemporary aircrafts, somewhat like the Horten 32 which was measured with astonishing results a few decades after WW2.

Additional Note

The notion of radar is examined in several preliminary AAC documents in a somewhat ... disorganized manner - here are the pages at stake :

Aircraft Weapons (W_A)   Anti-Aircraft Weapons
11.111 Aircraft "Weapons" - Radars (this page)
11.111 Radars - AN/AWG - Table/List
11.251 Land based radars - AAC™ page
11.111 Radars - TABLES - Table/List
11.111 Radars - Cyrano - Notes
11.304 Ship Based Radars - AAC™ page
11.111 Radars - AN/APG - Table/List
11.111 Radars - Basics - Article (copy of 72.101)
More...
11.111 Radars - AN/APQ - Table/List
11.111 Radars - Notes - Notes
72.100 AA Radars - Land based AA weapon
11.111 Radars - AN/APR - Table/List
11.111 Radars - Range - Notes
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11.111 Radars - AN/APS - Table/List
11.111 Radars - SwAF - Article (Swedish AF)
Aircraft Carrier Equipment
11.111 Radars - APS-06 - Notes
11.111 - Article
78.600 Carrier Radars -
11.111 Radars - APP-20 - Notes (AEW)
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Besides some details outlined on this page, radars in AAC will function as follows :

 
Radar aperture : 140° air-air search radars
Radar aperture : 140° air-air weather radars
Radar aperture : 360° air-sea search radars
Radar aperture : 360° AEW radars
Airborne Detection Ranges (in nautical miles) - Target Classes
LA air target size small eg: light aircraft
FF air target size mediium eg: fighter, storm cloud
BB air target size large eg: bomber, airliner
SS sea target size small eg: submarine periscope, liferaft
DD sea target size medium eg: destroyer, cargo ship
CC sea target size large eg: cruiser, aircraft crrier, battleship
TK land target size small eg: truck, tank, vehicles, ...
TR land target size larger eg: train, river boat
Radar Types (non exhaustive) LA FF BB SS DD CC TK TR
Air-Air Search Mk1,Mk2,etc 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5
Air-Sea Search idem 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5
Air-Surface Bombing idem 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10
Air-Air Weather Mk1 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10
Air-Air AEW Variant 20 65 85 20 200 250 65 85
  AEW ON     AEW OFF  
Radar ON Radar Off Radar ON Radar Off
IN Out IN Out IN Out IN Out
  Target Air position
  Target Air IFF
  Target Air altitude
  Target Air ID
  Target Air distance
  Target Sea position
  Target Sea IFF
  Target Sea ID
  Target Sea distance
  Target Land position
  Target Land IFF
  Target Land ID
  Target Land distance
  Radar (foe) position
  Radar (foe) range Ĝ
  Radar (foe) distance
  Radar (foe) lock
  Tail Warn IFF
  Tail Warn lock
  Beacon Base/ Carrier
 

Podded Aircraft Radars

Already mentioned in the "Miscellaneous Weapons", podded radars were initially an "add on" intended for propeller driven aircrafts (eg: the F4U5N Corsair).  A least one jet aircraft was so equipped : the German Navy Sea Hawk (Ecko ASV19).  Within AAC, other aircrafts otherwise deprived or radar may also be similarly equipped.  Radars may be combined with a fuel tank.

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Initially, only Western aircrafts were intended to be equipped with podded radars as Soviet aircrafts usually had a sub-type so equipped, and it is here referred to the MiG15, MiG17, MiG19, MiG21 and Sukhoi 7.   However, the list of Soviet types has yet to be examined with attention and thus the situation may arise where a "cheat" podded radar might be an item of interest.   As found elsewhere in these pages, fantasy or cheat items are clearly identified in red.  As some illustrations prepared for this tentative games have been copied and used in different context, the visitor's attention is called on the fact that some items described here are fantasy ones.   With information on this particular subject being scarce, any contribution (data, photos, drawings, ...) are most welcome.
 
Illustrations
Besides Shipbucket's FD scale illustrations, some more details drawings have been prepared, especially for the combined fuel tanks/poded radar items - Click on this link for a larger illustration of these items : Illustration
 
Dimensions
With no known combination of a radar with a fuel tanks, all such items are fictituous.   Fuel volume is mentioned in (imperial) gallons or litres, weights are expressed in pounds.
 
Applications
Only a few aircrafts are mentioned In the Applications part of the table below, either because they are "significant" in the context of AAC or because of lack of knowledge.   Again, any contribution in that field is welcome.

Podded Radars

 

Dim.

Fuel

Aircraft

Range (nm)

Range Air-Air

Range Air-Sea

Air-Land

Game

Drawings: Shipbucket style FD scale

 

L

Ĝ

gal

lbs

Examples

FF

BB

DD

LA

FF

BB

SS

DD

CC

TK

TR

Name

ASV19 2.080 0.630 385 SeaHw F6U2C 5 21 35 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5 ASVR19
ASV19 3.630 0.630 72gal 1000 5 21 35 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5 JSVR19
AIA3 F4U2N F6F3N 4 17 28                

X

APS4 150 F4U2N F6F3N 4 17 30 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5

APSR04

APS6 242 F4U5N F6F5N 4 17 35 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5

APSR06

APS19 2.080 0.630 265 F4U5N F6F5N 5 21 335 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5

APSR19

APS19 3.333 0.630 86gal 1000 5 21 35 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5

JPSR19

APS31 300     175 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5

APSR31

RP5U 2.080 0.570 265 5 21 35 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5

URP05U

RP5U 3.570 0.570 86gal 1000 5 21 35 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5

JRP05U

 

 Onboard Radars

Search/Intercept radars were numeros but several were common to various aircrafts and this particular equipment will be standardized within AAC.   With fighter aircrafts being the main subject, three main variants will be used for Wester and Eastern aircrafts : Mk1: 1940s, Mk2: 1950s, and Mk3: 1960s.   Airborne Early Warning Radars (AEW) are treated separately.

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Onbaord Radars

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-

Aircraft

Aircraft

Range (nm)

Range Air-Air

Range Air-Sea

Air-Land

Game

Drawings: Shipbucket style FD scale

-

-

Examples

Examples

FF

BB

DD

LA

FF

BB

SS

DD

CC

TK

TR

Name

AAC Mk111 air-to-air radar F4U5N Tail Guns 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
AAC Mk112 air-to-air radar F86D   4 10 25 4 45 60 4 10 APSR02
AAC Mk113 air-to-air radar F104   6 15 30 6 60 90 6 15 APSR03
AAC Mk114 air-to-air radar F106   8 20 35 8 60 90 8 20

APSR04

AAC Mk121 sea-search S2F1   2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5 ASVR01
AAC Mk131 bombing radar B47E   4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 ABSR01
AAC Mk141 weather radar C118   4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 ANSR01
AAC Mk211 air-to-air radar Mig17PFU Tail Guns 2 5 20 2 30 45 2 5

ARP05U

AAC Mk212 air-to-air radar Mig19PF   3 8 30 3 35 50 3 8 ARP09U
AAC Mk213 air-to-air radar Mig21F13 Su7 Su9 6 15 50 6 40 60 6 15

ARP11U

AAC Mk214 air-to-air radar Tu128 Su11 9 27 43 9 60 90 9 27

ARP23U

AAC Mk221 sea-search Be12   2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5 ASP01U
AAC Mk231 bombing radar Tu16 Tu22 Tu95 Il28 4 10 30 4 150 90 4 10 ABP01U
AAC Mk241 weather radar Tu14   4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 ANP01U

Background Data








In practice, in AAC





Drawings: Shipbucket style FD scale

-

-

Examples

Examples

Sub

DD

Nav

LA

FF

BB

SS

DD

CC

TK

TR

Name

ASV SCR-521 - B17 B24 B25 PBY5A 8 25 60 2 5 15 8 25 30 8 60 SCR21
ASV SCR-521 ASA PBM P5M     10 35 60                 SCR2A
ASV SCR-521 ASB TBM3E SB2C5 PBY5A P1V3 15 35 70                 SCR2B
ASV - Replacing belly turret SCR-517 - B17 B24 B25   20 70 100                 SCR17
ASV ASD - P1V1       16 27 45                 SCRSD
ASV APS2 - PBM PBJ PB4Y   18 40 90                 ASP02
Drawings: Shipbucket style FD scale

-

-

Examples

Examples

FF

BB

DD

LA

FF

BB

SS

DD

CC

TK

TR

Name

APS3 P2V PBY     8 ? 80 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5

ASVR01

APS4 Saab18   8 ? 30 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5

ASVR01

APS19 B52/Tail     4 ? ? 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
APS19 F2H2N F1H2C     5 ? 35 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
APS38 S2F1       ? ? ? 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5

ASVR01

APS45         ? ? 130                 -
APS62         ? ? 175                 -
APS67 F8U1B       ? 30 ?                 -
APQ83 F8U2D       17 30 ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
APQ94 F8U2E       17 28 ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
APQ104 F8U2F       25 ? 60 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
APG32 B47E       12 ? ? 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 ABSR01
APG37 F2H4 F85D F86K F86L 26 ? ? 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR02
ASG18 YF12A       ? 300 ? 50 150 300 50 300 300 50 50 x_x_x
ASG19 F105D       ? ? 70 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
PS431A J32A J32B     16 ? ? 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR02
PS432A J32C       ? ? ? 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR02
PS2A J35A       ? ? ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
PS3A J35B J35D     ? ? ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
EFW30A: Sperber         ? ? ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
SO450A: Vautour.IIA         ? ? ? 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
SO450B: Vautour.IIB ::         ? ? ? 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
SO450N: Vautour.IIN DRAC-32AI         ? ? ? 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
MD550C: Mirage.III Cyrano         ? ? ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
MD580A: Mirage.IV         ? ? ? 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 ABSR01
BR150A: Alize.AS         ? ? ? 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5

ASVR01

MD480M: Etendard.IVM Aida         ? ? ?                 No
MD480P: Etendard.IVP         ? ? ?                 No
DH112F: Aquilon.203         ? ? ? 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
DH110B: Vampire.FB5         ? ? ?                 No
DH112B: Venom.FB5         ? ? ?                 No
DH112W: Venom.FW2         ? ? ? 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
GL41K8: Meteor.F8         ? ? ? 2 5 15 2 30 45 2 5 APSR01
GL51H9: Javelin.FW9         ? ? ? 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR02
XXXXXX.Lightning         ? ? ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
FGA2A : Kestrel         ? ? ?                 No
S544F1: Scimitar.F1         ? ? ?                 No
DH110A: SeaVixen.FW1         ? ? ? 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR02
DH110B: SeaVixen.FW2         ? ? ? 4 10 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR02
FGN2A: SeaKestrel         ? ? ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
B103S2: Buccaneer SMk2 AR5930         ? ? ? 4 17 30 4 60 90 4 10 APSR03
RP1U Mig15 Mig17 Mig19 5 21 35                

No

RP2U Mig17PFU   5 21 35 2 5 20 2 30 45 2 5

ARP05U

RP2U Mig19PM   5 21 35 3 8 30 3 35 50 3 8 ARP09U
RP5 Mig17PF   5 21 35 2 5 20 2 30 45 2 5

ARP05U

RP5 Mig19P   5 21 35 3 8 30 3 35 50 3 8 ARP09U
RP6 Yak25M   ? 19 ? 3 8 30 3 35 50 3 8 ARP09U
RP9 Su9 Mig21PF 7 11 ? 6 15 50 6 40 60 6 15

ARP11U

RP11 Su11 Yak27 8 19 ? 9 27 43 9 60 90 9 27

ARP23U

SRD5M Su7 Mig21F13 4 ? ? 6 15 50 6 40 60 6 15

ARP11U

RP23   Tu128   27 43 ? 9 27 43 9 60 90 9 27

ARP23U

RP22     Mig21S 8 16 ? 6 15 50 6 40 60 6 15

ARP11U

Be95 Il38ASW   ? ? 150 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5 ASP01U
PRS4 Tail Tu95 Tu22 ? ? - 2 5 20 2 30 45 2 5

ARP05U

Yen Tu16K10   ? ? 175 4 10 30 4 150 90 4 10 ABP01U
Tu16.Badger Rubin     ? ? 130 4 10 30 4 150 90 4 10 ABP01U
Tu22.Blinder     ? ? - 4 10 30 4 150 90 4 10 ABP01U
Tu95.Bear Obzor     ? ? 100 4 10 30 4 150 90 4 10 ABP01U
Be06.Madge     ? ? - 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5 ASP01U
Be10.Mallow     ? ? - 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5 ASP01U
Be12.Mail     ? ? - 2 5 15 20 30 45 2 5 ASP01U
 

 Tail Warning Radars

Not a weapon as such but a defensive device warning about the reception of intermittent radar radiations (search) or constant radar radiations (lock).  The contraption also work as a very short range radar.  US AN/APS-13 were equipping aircrafts like the P-47D Thunderbolt by the end of WWII.

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Tail Warning Radars Receivers

-

-

Aircrafts

Range (nm)

Range Air-Air

Range Air-Sea

Air-Land

Game

Drawings: Shipbucket style FD scale

-

-

Examples

FF

BB

DD

LA

FF

BB

SS

DD

CC

TK

TR

Name

AN/APS-13               0.30 0.40 1.00 - - - - - TWR13
AN/APQ-35               0.50 1.00 2.00 - - - - - TWR35
AN/APQ54               1.00 2.00 4.00 - - - - - TWR54

Background Data






In practice, in AAC





AN/APS-13 AN/APS-13 P38L P47D P51D P63C 0.39 - - 0.30 0.40 1.00 - - - - - TWR13
AN/APQ-35 F3D F2H F3H   - - - 0.50 1.00 2.00 - - - - - TWR35
AN/APQ-54 B47 B52 B57 B66 - - - 1.00 2.00 4.00 - - - - - TWR54
 

 Airborne Early Warning Radars (AEW)

AEW radars will be present on many occasions in the game, either to assist the gamer in localizing targets or the way home or to direct adversaries against her/him.  It is thus a weapon but not in the hands of the gamer.   While various AEW aircrafts are listed un the Aircraft chapter, there are only two AEW radar models

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Onboard AEW Radars

-

-

Aircrafts

Range (nm)

Range Air-Air

Range Air-Sea

Air-Land

Game

Drawings: Shipbucket style FD scale

-

-

Examples

FF

BB

DD

LA

FF

BB

SS

DD

CC

TK

TR

Name

AAC Mk161 AEW radar Any Western AEW aircraft       20 65 85 20 200 250 65 85 AEWR01
AAC Mk261 AEW radar Any Eastern AEW aircraft       20 54 108 20 200 250 54 108 AVR01U

Background Data






In practice, in AAC





AN/APS-20 TBM3W PB1W AD5W ? ? 250                
AN/APS-20E     W1F1 EC121 65 85 200 20 65 85 20 200 250 65 85 AEWR01
AN/APS-70         ? ? 175                
AN/APS-82     W2F1   ? ? ?                
APS95=USAF / APS96=USN AN/APS-95       EC121 ? ? 250                
AN/APS-88A         ? ? 240                
Liana Tu126       54 108 216 20 54 108 20 200 250 54 108 AVR01U
 

 SUMMARY

As outlined above, AAC will not define an endless list of different onboard radars with significant peformance differences.  While not pretending to be asbsolutely accurate, this first summary attempts to simplify the background data.  Aircraft designations are AACs.  You are welcome to communicate any gross mistake to us [mailto : pierre.deveaux@laposte.net]
RADARS   1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
APS.003 Search

PV-2

       
APS.006 S/Int

F4U5N

F6F5N F7F4N SB2C5 P38M
APS.019 S/Int

F4U5N

F6F5N F7F4N F8F1N F8F2N F2H2N
APS.031 Search TBM3E A1F2S A1D5N PBM P5M A1J2 P2V6 S2F1
APS.042 Weather C54 C97 C118 C119 C121 C124 C130 C131
APG.030 FireCtrl F86F F3H1N F86H
APG.037 Search F86D F2H4 F86K F86L
APG.050 S/Int F3D1 F3H2 F4H1A
APG.051 S/Int F3D1 F3H2N F3H2M F3H2N2
APQ.036 S/Int F3D2M F7U3M
APQ.041 S/Int F3D2 F2H3
APG.033 FireCtrl F94B CF1003
APG.040 FireCtrl F94C F89D CF1004 CF1005
APS.080 Search P5M2 S2F1 HU16B W1F1
APQ.051 Missile F7U3M F3H2N2
APS.057 S/Int DH112W
APQ.065 S/Int DH112F
MA07 FireCtrl F101A F101C
APQ.043 Multi GL51H
APQ.050 S/Int F4D1 F12F F4H1A
APQ.064 AIM7 F5D1
MG10 FireCtrl F102A
ASG.014 FireCtrl F104A F104C
APG.031 Search F105B
APG.067 S/Int F8U1B
ASG.019 FireCtrl F105D
MA01 FireCtrl F106A
MG13 FireCtrl F101B
APQ.083 FireCtrl F8U2D
APQ.072 FireCtrl F4H1B
APQ.094 FireCtrl F8U2E
F15A41 FireCtrl F104G
APQ.104 FireCtrl F8U2F
APQ.099 FireCtrl RF110C F4H1B
APQ.100 Map F110C
APQ.109 FireCtrl F110D
APG.059 Search F4H2
APQ.120 FireCtrl F110E


























APQ.007 Bomb B17G B25J
APQ.024 Bomb B50D B36F B47E B52B B57B B66B A3D1
APG.032 TailGun B36F B47E B52B B66B A3D1


























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APS.013 TailWarn P38L P47D P51D P63C
ŻŻŻŻŻ ŻŻŻŻŻ ŻŻŻŻŻ ŻŻŻŻŻ ŻŻŻŻŻ
APQ.035 TailWarn F3D F2H F3H
APQ.054 TailWarn B47E B52B B57B B66B F101C F105D


























APS.020 AEW TBM3W PB1W A1D3W P2V3W A1F2W A1D4W A1D5W G17 EC121 H2RS1 W1F2
APS.082 AEW EC121L W1F2 W2F1
APS.095 AEW EC121 USAF
APS.096 AEW EC121 USN W2F1
AEW.391 Search HAS3