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The AN/TPS-43 radar set

The AN/TPS-43 is a transportable air search 3D radar produced in the United States originally by Westinghouse Defense and Electronic Division, which was later purchased by Northrop-Grumman.


The AN/TPS-43 is a ground-based, non-fixed (i.e.: transportable) search radar.[n 1][1]

The entire system can be broken down and packed into two M35 trucks for road transport. The TPS-43E2 was redesignated the AN/TPS-75 which is the current transportable air control and warning (AC&W) radar used by the United States Air Force.[citation needed]


In addition to the basic TPS-43 several variants were developed.[2]

  • TPS-43A (antenna tilt; new IFF)
  • TPS-43B (enlarged shelter; changes to transmitter)
  • TPS-43C / 43CX (increased reliability; IFF improvements)
  • TPS-43D / 43DX (ISLS added; maximum detection range increased)
  • TPS-43E (major redesign; improvements to electronics, mechanics and shelter)
  • TPS-43F / subvariants V1 to V6 (major redesign; enlarged shelter, improved electronics; increased reliability)
  • TPS-43G (4MW version designed for Pakistan)[3]
  • TPS-43M (improved electronics; increased dynamic range; improved IFF incorporating several modules in a single unit)
  • TPS-430

Operational history

The AN/TPS-43 completed development in 1963 and entered US service in 1968.[citation needed]

This radar was deployed by the Argentine Air Force during the 1982 Falklands War to Stanley and survived two British attacks with AGM-45 Shrike anti radar missiles on May 31 and June 3.[4] One of the radars was captured by British forces after the Argentine surrender and deployed at RAF Buchan[5] Another set installed at Rio Grande, in the mainland, was used to guide Argentine attacks on the British fleet.[6]



  • Weight (including shelter): < 3400 kg
  • Frequency range: 2.9 to 3.1 GHz (S-Band)
  • Pulse repetition frequency: Fixed: 250 Hz, Staggered: Six PRF's around 250 Hz
  • Pulse width: 6.5 microseconds
  • Peak power: 4.0 MW
  • Average power: 6.7 KW
  • Beam width (horizontal): 1.1 degrees
  • Beam width (vertical): 1.5 to 8.1 degrees; total 20 degree coverage; six stacked beams
  • Antenna rotation rate: 6 rpm
  • Maximum display range: 450 km [8]
  • Antenna characteristics: Reflector aperture 14 ft (4.27 m) high by 20 ft 4 in (6.20 m) wide

See also


  1. ^ The US Military description for radar type TPS is "Ground, Transportable; Radar; Detecting, Range and Bearing, Search".



  1. ^ "radar_types". mobileradar.org.
  2. ^ "radar_descptn_3". mobileradar.org.
  3. ^ Pakdef.org: Pakistan Air Defence Ground Environment System
  4. ^ Vulcan: God of Fire, p.(TBC), The History Press (2012).
  5. ^ "Subbrit:RSG: Sites: RAF Buchan: (former, ROTOR R3 GCI Radar Station 'GBU')". subbrit.org.uk.
  6. ^ Exocet Falklands: The Untold Story of Special Forces Operations, p.82, Pen and Sword (2014).
  7. ^ Medio siglo de gastos para la Defensa y la Seguridad en Argentina (1976-2006)- 2da. Parte Centro de Estudios Nueva Mayoría (2007) (accessed 2015-01-02)
  8. ^ "Radar Basics". radartutorial.eu.


  • radartutorial.eu Card Index of Radar Sets - Ancient Radars – AN/TPS-43
  • Mobile Military Radar website, Radar descriptions page, AN/TPS-43 details (accessed 2015-01-02)
  • Osacar, Ignacio J. (5 June 2007). "Medio siglo de gastos para la Defensa y la Seguridad en Argentina (1976-2006)- 2da. Parte". NuevaMayoria.com (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Centro de Estudios Nueva Mayoría. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  • Southby-Tailyour, Ewen (2014). Exocet Falklands: The Untold Story of Special Forces Operations. Pen and Sword. ISBN 9781783463879.
  • McLelland, Tim (2012). Vulcan: God of Fire. The History Press. ISBN 9780752476957.

External links

  • "Armamento - Material Terrestre - Sistema de Radares Westinghouse AN-TPS43 y W-430". Fuerza Aérea Argentina (sitio oficial) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Fuerza Aérea Argentina (Argentine Air Force). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
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