MPDR 12

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Description

The MPDR 12 radar atop the turret of a Gepard.

The MPDR 12 is a German ground based target detection radar. It was designed as the target detection radar for the Gepard; in game it is also used to represent the Type 87's radar performance.

Vehicles equipped with this radar

General info / usage

The MPDR 12 is only a search radar, so cannot track targets by itself. However the radar is always fitted alongside the Albis tracking radar; this allows vehicles to use the MPDR 12 radar to detect targets, while the Albis radar is tracking a target. The MPDR 12 provides full 360 degree search coverage out to a maximum range of 15 km.

Search Characteristics
Maximum
Detection
Range
Minimum
Detection
Range
Range Settings
15,000 m 500 m 10 km, 15 km
Search Modes
Search Mode Azimuth Scan
Angle
Elevation Scan
Angle
Scan Time Minimum
relative speed
Maximum
relative speed
Default 360°  ??? 1.00 s 10 m/s (36 km/h) 1,000 m/s (3,600 km/h)

Comparison with analogues

Compared to other search radars the MPDR 12 has a somewhat lacking maximum range and an about average 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. On top of this the radar also has a good minimum relative speed of only 36 km/h matching that of the Tunguska's 1RL144 radar, and the OTOMATIC's SMA VPS-A05 radar.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good minimum relative speed
  • Scans quickly

Cons:

  • Mediocre mximum range
  • Mediocre minimum range

History

The MPDR 12 was developed in the 1960s/70s by Siemens, who were contracted to design the fire control system for the Gepard. The the MPPDR 12 is a S band radar, Dutch versions of the Gepard used a different fire control system, using a X band radar.

In game the MPDR 12 is used to represent the Type 87's radar, although the radar on the Type 87 is visibly different from the MPDR 12 on the Gepard. The Type 87's radar bears a closer resemblance to the X band radar used on Dutch Gepards; the two radars provide very similar performance characteristics.

Media

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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