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Old 10-10-2018, 10:23 PM   #11
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I think you are right. I've mixed up some numbers there, sorry for the confusion.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:03 PM   #12
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Hi guys,

just a quick radar question here. I am alright with using the radar at 10 and 20 miles ... no problem moving the antenna up/down and acquire target. But for the love of god, I cannot detect anything at 40 miles...and I am talking about huge plane here (like the Il-76).

Are you guys able to get contact?
Spent some time with the F-5's radar this morning. My max range for an Il-76 was around 38 nm. His two escorts didn't get picked up until later. And around 19 nm for an Su-27 and 18 for a MiG-29. These targets were nose on.





BUT...The target's aspect does matter. You'll get the greatest range with a target that's nose on. That same Il-76 (still front aspect) but crossing my flight path at roughly a 45° angle didn't get picked up until 32 nm.
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Funny thing, you should probably get greater range with a medium aspect target. Hoping the new radar model with the hornet will take some of this into account.
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Funny thing, you should probably get greater range with a medium aspect target. Hoping the new radar model with the hornet will take some of this into account.
Perhaps. Maybe those 4 turbofans pointing their mouths right at you give it a higher rcs than when they're not. DK.
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Old 10-11-2018, 07:06 PM   #15
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Spent some time with the F-5's radar this morning. My max range for an Il-76 was around 38 nm. His two escorts didn't get picked up until later. And around 19 nm for an Su-27 and 18 for a MiG-29. These targets were nose on.





BUT...The target's aspect does matter. You'll get the greatest range with a target that's nose on. That same Il-76 (still front aspect) but crossing my flight path at roughly a 45° angle didn't get picked up until 32 nm.
Very good info Ironhand! I will certainly keep that in mind. Thanks!
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