Vehicles equipped with this radar
General info / usage
The SMA VPS-A05 is only a search radar, so cannot track targets by itself. However on the OTOMATIC (the only vehicle which currently uses it), the SMA VPS-A05 is fitted alongside the SMA VPG-A06, target tracking radar; this allows the OTOATIC to continue using the VPS-A05 radar to detect targets, while the VPG-A06 radar is tracking a target. The VPS-A05 provides full 360 degree search coverage out to a maximum range of 20 km.
|10 km, 20 km
|10 m/s (36 km/h)
|1,000 m/s (3,600 km/h)
Comparison with analogues
Compared to other search radars the SMA VPS-A05 has a good maximum range and an about average minimum range. 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 Gepard's radar.
Pros and cons
- Good maximum range
- Good minimum relative speed
- Scans quickly
- Radar does not need to fold / unfold so can be turned on or off instantly
- Mediocre minimum range
- Radar is quite tall and cannot be folded
The SMA VPS-A05 was developed in the 1980s by Galileo Avionica S.p.A. (now Selex ES). The radar was designed for use on the OTOMATIC anti-aircraft system. It is a pulse-Doppler radar, and was designed to operate at a low power output, decreasing the risk of it being locked onto by anti-radiation missiles.
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