AN/TPS Series Radars
(Updated 14 May 2011)

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AN/TPS-1B

Manufacturer: Western Electric
Type of Radar: Mobile Surveillance Radar
IEEE Band: L Band
NATO Band: D Band
Exact Frequency: 1220 – 1350 mHZ
Pulse Width: 4 usec
Beam Dimensions: 3.7 degrees horizontal
Maximum Instrumented Range: 200 miles
Range Accuracy: +/- 1 mile as well as 3% of the range
Detection Example: Bomber at 10,000 feet at 120 nautical miles
Power Input: 115 volts at 400 Hz
(Photo of AN/TPS-1B system deployed in West Germany)

AN/TPS-1D

Manufacturer: Sperry
Type of Radar: Mobile Surveillance Radar
IEEE Band: L Band
NATO Band: D Band
Exact Frequency: 1220 – 1350 mHZ
Power: 500 kilowatts
PRF: 360 to 400 pps
Pulse Width: 2 microseconds
Beam Dimensions: 4° x 12°
Maximum Instrumented Range: 160 miles
Power Input: 115 volts, 400 Hz AC
Notes: Lincoln Laboratory Journal, Volume 12, Number 2, 2000, page 184, gives a table of operating characteristics of the AN/TPS-1D (Mod C), and lists the peak output power as 160 kW, and the average power as ~400 W. It lists the pulse width as 6 microseconds. All else is the same.

AN/TPS-1G

Type of Radar: Mobile Surveillance Radar
IEEE Band: L Band
NATO Band: D Band
Exact Frequency: 1220 – 1350 MHz
Peak Power: 500 kilowatts
Beam Dimensions: 3.4 deg to 4 deg horizontal, 10 deg to 12 deg vertical.
Azimuth Accuracy: 1 degree
Range Accuracy: Within 3% of range to target plus 1 mile
Detection Example 1: 100m2 target at 110 nautical miles
Detection Example 2: 10m2 target at 63 nautical miles
Detection Example 3: 1m2 target at 35 nautical miles.
Maximum Instrumented Range: 160 nautical miles
Maximum Altitude: 113,000 feet (34,442 meters)
Notes: Improved AN/TPS-1D. Provided Range and Azimuth information to command centers.

AN/TPS-59

Manufacturer: General Electric
Type of Radar: Long Range 3D air defense surveillance radar
IEEE Band: L Band
Peak Power: 54 kilowatts
Duty Cycle: 18%
Antenna Dimensions: 15 x 30 ft rotating antenna
Azimuth Scanning: 360 degrees mechanically
Elevation Scanning: 20 degrees electronically
Maximum Instrumented Range: 300 nautical miles
Maximum Instrumented Altitude: 100,000 feet
Detection Example 1: 90% Probability of Detection on a 1m2 fluctuating target out to 200 nautical miles.
Notes: Radar is tactically mobile, consisting of a trailer mounted radar antenna and two radar shelters. A variant of this was sold to NATO as the GE-592 and another to the USAF as the AN/FPS-117 SEEK IGLOO.
References: Radar Handbook by Skolnik (Unknown Edition)