It is a multi mode pulse-Doppler Radar and the first NATO radar with three channels, instead of two, the third channel is used for self-protection roles. It was developed as the successor to the Blue Vixen radar, which was developed for the Sea Harrier FA.Mk.2. It operates in I/J Band (8 to 12 GHz).
The radar was primarily designed for air to air roles but it also has air to surface features. It is able to track a 1 m² target at a range of 185 km and a normal passenger plane at a range of 370 km.
Air to Air featuresEdit
- Search modes are: Range While Search (RWS), Velocity Search (VS) and multiple target Track While Scan (TWS)
- It has Lock-Follow Modes, which are modified for long range detections and short range detections to be used in visual identification or gun attacks
- The Air Combat Acquisition Modes allow a selection of boresight, slaved acquisition or vertical scan HUD field of view
Air to surface featuresEdit
- The search modes are: Ground Map, High Resolution Map, Ground Moving Target Identification and Sea Surface Search and Track While Scan
- Track modes are: Fixed Target Track and Moving Target Track
- Air-to-Surface Ranging