OVERVIEW: The P-15 radar (NATO name: FLAT FACE A) is an mobile, 2-D early warning radar operating in the "C" Band.
DETAILS: The FLAT FACE A is a mobile version early warning radar. The P-15 can shift to one of four pre-set frequencies to avoid active interference. Weapon systems associated with the P-15 include the SA-2 GUIDELINE, SA-3 GOA and the SA-60 57mm AAA gun.
Frequency: 810-850/880-905 Mhz (C-Band) Power output: 900 kW (peak)(some sources report 370-390 kW peak) PRF: 200-800; 600-880 pps(some sources report 500-680pps) Range Resolution: 90 m (some sources report 300 m) Run up time: up to 3.3 minutes Set up time: 10 minutes
Detection Ranges (Fighter size aircraft) 300 m altitude: 70 km 3000 m altitude: 140 km 10000 m alt.: 210-250 km
NOTES: IOC 1955. The FLAT FACE is frequently associated with the PRV-11 SIDE NET E-band height-finding radar. A variation of the P-15, the P-15M SQUAT EYE radar, has the antenna mounted on a 20-30 m mast for improved low altitude coverage. Because of their low power-aperture ratings this family of radars is not regarded as being very effective against low-observable aircraft and drones.
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