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The DR-VC-1A atop the turret of an AMX-30 DCA (in this image the dish is facing backwards).

The DR-VC-1A also known as the "Oeil Noir 1" is a French ground based target detection radar. In game it is found as the target detection radar on the AMX-30 DCA.

Vehicles equipped with this radar

General info / usage

The DR-VC-1A is only a search radar, so cannot track targets by itself. However the AMX-30 DCA (the only vehicle which currently uses this radar)is also equipped with a separate tracking radar; this allows the it to continue using the DR-VC-1A radar to detect targets, while also tracking a target. The DR-VC-1A provides full 360 degree search coverage out to a maximum range of 15 km.

Search Characteristics
Range Settings
15,000 m 1,000 m 10 km, 15 km
Search Modes
Search Mode Azimuth Scan
Elevation Scan
Scan Time Minimum
relative speed
relative speed
Default 360°  ??? 1.00 s 15 m/s (54 km/h) 1,000 m/s (3,600 km/h)

Comparison with analogues

Compared to other search radars the DR-VC-1A has a somewhat lacking maximum range and a high minimum range. At 15 km the Range falls behind that of the many other search radars, but is better than that of the Marconi S 400. The radar also scans quickly, taking only 1 second to scan through 360 degrees. The minimum relative speed for detection is also only average.

Pros and cons


  • OK maximum range
  • Scans quickly
  • Radar does not need to fold / unfold so can be turned on or off instantly


  • High minimum range
  • Somewhat lacking maximum range compared to other radars


The DR-VC-1A "Oeil Noir 1" was developed in the 1970s by Thomson-CSF (now called Thales Group). The radar was designed for use on self propelled anti-aircraft vehicles and was installed on some versions of the AMX-13 DCA (the version in game lacks radar), as well as the AMX-30 DCA.


An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

External links

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