AN/VPS-2

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Description

The AN/VPS-2 radar on the side of an M163's turret.

The AN/VPS-2 is an American ground based target tracking radar. In game it is found as the only radar on the M163.

Vehicles equipped with this radar

General info / usage

The AN/VPS-2 is only a tracking radar, this means it can lock onto targets and provide a firing lead indicator, but cannot detect targets and place them on the radar display. As the AN/VPS-2 is the only radar on the M163 this means that the M163 has no search capability, the player must go into their sight, place the cross hairs over a target and then lock on. Once locked on the AN/VPS-2 can track a target through 360°, out to a maximum range of 7 km.

Msg-info.png In order to lock on you must be looking through your sight, position the crosshair over a target (within 7 km) and press the lock on key. The target must be within a 2° cone from the centre of the crosshair.
Tracking Characteristics
Maximum
Tracking
Range
Minimum
Tracking
Range
Azimuth Tracking
Angle
Elevation Tracking
Angle
Minimum
target speed
Maximum
target speed
7,000 m 100 m 360° -20°/+85° 15 m/s (54 km/h) 1,000 m/s (3,600 km/h)

Comparison with analogues

Compared to other tracking radars the AN/VPS-2 has an poor maximum range of only 7 km ( not as bad as the 3JB10), the minimum range is decent at only 100m. The minimum relative speed is about average. Being able to track targets through 360 degrees once locked on is an advantage compared to other radars.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Can track targets through a full 360 degrees
  • Decent minimum range

Cons:

  • Poor maximum range
  • Requires use of scope to tock on to targets

History

The AN/VPS-2 is a small range-oly radar developed in America. In reality the gunner of the vehicle would have to keep their scope over the target continuiusly; the radar would then feed ranging information into a coumputer which would then calculate the lead required to hit the target.

Media

War Thunder - How to use the M163 radar - Chris Newson

See also

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on weapon;
  • other literature.