RP-5

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Description

The RP-5 is a Soviet airborne target detection and tracking radar. In game it is found fitted to the MiG-19PT.

Vehicles equipped with this radar

General info / usage

The RP-5 is unique among airborne radars in the game, in that it incorporates scanning and tracking capability into a single radar (other aircraft with target tracking use two separate radars). The search radar has fairly poor range, but decent overall scanning angles; the tracking radar has favourable range characteristics, but very poor tracking angles.

Search Characteristics
Maximum
Detection
Range
Guaranteed
Detection
Range
Minimum
Detection
Range
Range Settings
12,000 m 8,000 m 300 m 12 km
Search Modes
Search Mode Azimuth Scan
Angle
Elevation Scan
Angle
Scan Time
Default ±60° ±40° 1.30 s
Tracking Characteristics
Maximum
Tracking
Range
Minimum
Tracking
Range
Azimuth Tracking
Angle
Elevation Tracking
Angle
4,500 m 100 m ±7° ±7°

Comparison with analogues

With the exception of the German Lichtenstein radars (FuG 202 & FuG 220) the RP-5 has the worst range of any airborne search radars, at only 12 km; slightly less than that of the AI Mk. X (14 km) and much less than the AN/APS-21 (45 km). Although somewhat lacking in maximum range the RP-5 does have much better minimum range than the AN/APS-21 (300 m compared to 1,000 m). The azimuth scanning angles of the RP-5 are also somewhat lackluster at 60° to each side (again worse than the other two radars), however it has very good elevation scan angles of 40° (much better than the 16° found on the AN/APS-21).

The tracking component of the RP-5 is again somewhat lackluster compared to the AN/APG-26 (the only other tracking radar in the game). It does have slightly better minimum and maximum ranges than the AN/APG-26, but for these small bonuses you pay a hefty price in terms of scan angles. The azimuth and elevation can angles are both only ±7°, which is vastly inferior to the ±60° of the AN/APG-26.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Is both a target detection and tracking radar
  • Search radar
    • OK minimum range
    • Decent azimuth scanning angles
    • Very good elevation scanning angles
    • Reasonably quick scanning time
  • Tracking radar
    • Good maximum range
    • Good minimum range

Cons:

  • Search radar
    • Poor maximum range
    • Although azimuth scanning angles are decent they still fall behind those of the AI Mk. X and AN/APS-21
  • Tracking radar
    • Extremely bad tracking angles

History

The RP-5 "Izumrud" radar is an improved version of the RP-1 "Izumrud" radar fitted to the early production MiG-19s. It was one of the first radars to feature Track-While-Scan (TWS) capability (allowing a target to be tracked while the radar continued scanning the area); doing so by using two separate antennas.

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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