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Title: Aircraft Sensor Ranges


Clan Smoke Jaguar - December 1, 2005 11:23 PM (GMT)
Note that the following are derived from a multitude of sources, and may be understated, overstated, or just plain estimates, but these provide a pretty good picture of how well different radars detect different targets. The detection ranges for most radars listed are for 2-5m2 targets against fighters, 10-25m2 targets against large fighters, and non-stealthy targets for bombers (not sure on the actual RCS, but probably somewhere in the range of 50-100m2 for most). However, more modern systems, such as those on the F-22, and probably the Rafale and EFA 2000 as well, may be for much smaller RCS targets. I believe the F/A-22's radar range, for example, was for stealthy (<1m2 RCS) fighters.

Though not specifically stated in most cases, AWACS radar ranges are probably tracking range for most of these, as I've seen 800+ km listed for the A-50 and most of the others are distinctly shorter ranged than I would expect.




AWACS:
APS-138 (E-2): 220 km (fighter), 463 km (bomber)
APS-145 (E-2C): 267 km (small fighter), 400 km (large fighter), 565 km (bomber)
APY-1/2 (E-3 & E-767): 267 km (small fighter), 400 km (large fighter), 565 km (bomber)
Phalcon: 267 km (small fighter), 400 km (large fighter), 565 km (bomber)
Shmel 100 (A-50): 100 km (fighter), 200-300+ km (bomber)
Shmel 2 (A-50U): 230 km (MiG-21), 500 km (bomber)
MESA (Wedgetail): 350 km (fighter), 745 km (bomber)
Erieye (EMB-145 & S 100B): 225 km (small fighter), 340-350 km (large fighter), 450-480 km (bomber), 320 km (ship)


Search Ranges (for fighters unless otherwise noted):
F-15E (AN/APG-70): 300 km (mapping)
F-20 (AN/APG-67): 130 km
JAS.37 Viggen (PS-46/A): 75 km
J-7C/D (JL-7A): 70 km
J-10 (KLJ-3): 100-130 km
J-10 (Zhuk-10PD): 160 km
MiG-21PF (RP-21): 13-20 km
MiG-21SMT (RP-22 Sapfir-21): 30 km
MiG-23S (RP-22 Sapfir-21): 30 km
MiG-23 (Sapfir-23): 70 km
MiG-25 (Sapfir-25): 100 km
MiG-29 (N019 Sapfir-29): 100 km
MiG-31 (SBI-16 Zaslon): 200 km
MiG-29M/MiG-33 (Zhuk-ME): 120 km (aircraft), 250 km (ships), 150 km (ground radar)
Mirage 2000 (RDM or RDI): 100 km
Su-27SK (N001E Zhuk): 240 km (probably large fighter, maybe bomber)
Su-30MK3 (“Panda” Radar): 190 km (aircraft), 300 km (ships)

Tracking Range Against Small fighter:
EFA-2000 (ECR 90): 160-175 km
F-4E (AN/APG-30): 38 km
F-14 (AN/APG-71): 213 km (120+ km for cruise missiles)
F-15A (AN/APG-63): 110-160 km
F-15C (AN/APG-70): 195 km
F-16A/C (AN/APG-66): 50-60 km
F-16C Block 25 (AN/APG-68): 70 km
F-16C Block 50/52 (AN/APG-68(V)7): 80 km
F-16C Block 50/52 (AN/APG-68(V)9/10): 105 km (future upgrade to F-16 fleet, promising 30%+ range increase)
F-16E Block 60 (AN/APG-80): 130 km
F/A-18A (AN/APG-65): 60-65 km
F/A-18C (AN/APG-73): 72 km
F-20 (AN/APG-67): 90 km
F/A-22 (AN/APG-77): 230 km
F-7P Skybolt (Grifo 7): 55+ km
F-7MP Skybolt (Grifo 7): 55+ km
F-8IIM (Zhuk-8B): 70 km (front), 40 km (rear)
J-7: 15-55 km, depending on radar fitted
J-8II (SL-5A): 40 km
J-8B (JL-8A): 60 km
J-8H (KLJ-1): 75 km
J-10 (KLJ-3): 80-90 km
JAS.39 Gripen (PS-05): 90 km
MiG-21PF (RP-21): 7-10 km
MiG-21SMT (RP-22 Sapfir-21): 14-19 km
MiG-23S (RP-22 Sapfir-21): 19 km
MiG-23 (Sapfir-23): 55 km
MiG-25 (Sapfir-25): 47-66 km
MiG-29 (N019 Sapfir-29): 80 km
MiG-31 (SBI-16 Zaslon): 110 km
MiG-29M/MiG-33 (Zhuk-ME): 60-70 km
Mirage F.1 (Cyrano IV): 45 km
Rafale (RBE2): 100 km
Su-27 (N001 Zhuk): 80-100 km (front), 40 km (rear)
Su-30MKK (N001VE Zhuk): 110 km (front), 40 km (rear)
Su-27M/Su-35 (N011 Zhuk-27): 100 km (front), 55 km (rear)
Su-27M/Su-35 (Zhuk-PH): 165 km (front), 60 km (rear)


Tracking Range Against Bombers
EFA-2000 (ECR 90): 370 km
F-4E (AN/APG-30): 80 km
F-14 (AN/APG-71): 370 km
F-15A (AN/APG-63): 240 km
F-15C (AN/APG-70): 410 km
F-16A/C (AN/APG-66): 100-110 km
F-16C Block 25 (AN/APG-68): 130 km
F-16C Block 50/52 (AN/APG-68(V)7): 140 km
F-16C Block 50/52 (AN/APG-68(V)9/10): 185 km (future upgrade to F-16 fleet, promising 30%+ range increase)
F-16E Block 60 (AN/APG-80): 275 km
F/A-18C (AN/APG-73): 150 km
F/A-22 (AN/APG-77): 490 km
JAS.39 Gripen (PS-05): 190 km
MiG-25 (Saphir-25): 100-140 km
MiG-29 (N019 Sapfir-29): 100+ km
MiG-31 (SBI-16 Zaslon): 240 km






Also provided here is a list of estmated frontal RCS of various aircraft. Note that this is highly variable, and RCS is dependant on angle presented and external stores, among other issues. For most of these, I unfortunately do not know if it's for a "clean" or loaded aircraft, and in some cases (such as Rafale & EFA 2000), it's really just a rough estimate from unofficial sources, but these nonetheless provide an excellent starting comparison.

Estimated RCS of various aircraft (frontal view):
A-10: 25m2
B-1B: 10m2
B-52: 100m2
Cruise Missile (ie Harpoon): 0.1m2
EFA 2000: 0.1m2
F-4: 25m2
F-16C: 1.2m2 (w/ reduced RCS)
F/A-18C: 3m2, 1.2m2 w/ reduced RCS
F/A-18E: 0.1m2
F/A-22: 0.0002m2
F-35: 0.0015m2
JAS.39 Gripen: 0.5m2
MiG-21: 5m2
Mirage 2000: 2m2
Rafale: 0.1-0.3m2 (clean)
Su-30: 10-14m2
Tornado: 8m2

Layarteb - December 29, 2005 09:00 PM (GMT)
Where does this information come from? I especially like the RCS.

Space Union - July 23, 2006 12:51 AM (GMT)
I thought I might add a bit too CSJ's sensor information. Here's a list of radars and their ranges against specific RCS that I got from another site:

APG-77 AESA (F-22A)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 20 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 35 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 112 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 200 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 300 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 355 km+


CAESAR AESA (EF-2000 Tranch3, post-2015 with 1,500 T/Rs)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 18~21 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 32~38 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 104~122 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 185~216 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 278~324 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 330~385 km+


APG-63 V2/V3/V4 AESA (F-15C/E/SG)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 14~19 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 25~33 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 81~104 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 144~185 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 215~278 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 255~330 km+


APG-81 AESA (F-35A/B/C)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 16 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 28 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 90 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 160 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 240 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 285 km+


APG-79 AESA (F/A-18E/F and EA-18G, Block 2 and 3)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 13 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 22 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 72 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 128 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 192 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 228 km+


CAPTOR (EF-2000 Tranch 1 and 2)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 12 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 22 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 70 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 124 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 185 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 220 km+


RBE-2 AESA (Rafale F4, post-2012)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 11~13 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 20~23 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 62~73 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 110~130 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 165~195 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 195~230 km+


APG-80 AESA (F-16E)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 11 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 20 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 62 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 110 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 165 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 195 km+


NOAR AESA (JAS-39 C/D PLUS, post-2013)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 10~11 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 18~20 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 56~62 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 100~110 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 150~165 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 178~195 km+


APG-63 (F-15C)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 9 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 16 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 51 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 90 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 135 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 160 km+


RBE-2 PESA (Rafale F1/F2/F3)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 7~9 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 13~15 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 41~49 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 73~87 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 110~130 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 130~154 km+


APG-73 (F/A-18E/F, Block1)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 5~6 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 10~11 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 32~36 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 56~64 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 84~96 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 100~114 km+


PS-05A (JAS-39 A/B/C/D)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 5~6 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 9~10 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 27~32 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 48~56 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 72~84 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 85~100 km+


APG-68 V9 (F-16 C/D/I and RDY-2 iM2000-5MK2 and -9)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 4~5 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 8~9 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 25~30 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 46~54 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 66~80 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 78~95 km+


RDY (M2000-5)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 4~5 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 7~8 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 22~27 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 40~47 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 60~70 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 70~84 km+


APG-68 V5 (F-16 C/D)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 3~4 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 6~7 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 18~22 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 32~40 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 50~60 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 60~72 km+


APG-67 V4 (T-50)

For RCS 0.0001 m2 class target: 3~4 km+
For RCS 0.001 m2 class target: 5~6 km+
For RCS 0.1 m2 class target: 17~20 km+
For RCS 1.0 m2 class target: 30~36 km+
For RCS 5.0 m2 class target: 45~53 km+
For RCS 10.0 m2 class target: 53~63 km+

Hope this helps on expanding. :)

Space Union - July 23, 2006 02:08 AM (GMT)
There we go, added the rest of the list. :)




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