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Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Sperry Marine
Parent System: AN/APN-242
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Description: The AN/APN-242 is a color weather and navigation airborne radar developed by Northrop-Grumman Sperry Marine. The APN-242 has been designed to provide dramatically improved mean-time between failures (MTBFs) compared with its predecessor the APN-59. Approximately the MTBF has been increased in excess of an order of magnitude (10x). In addition, the APN-242 radar system has half the number of line replaceable units (LRUs) for ease of maintenance and repair. The APN-242 radar is suitable for fixed-wing aircraft such as the C-130 and C-135.

The radar system provides: weather detection and avoidance out to 240 nautical miles (400 km) delivering color images; fighter aircraft detection; high resolution terrain mapping and coastal navigation; and ground and airborne beacon detection. Additionally, the AN/APN-242 radar can interrogate IFF equipped aircraft out to 100 nautical miles (185 km). The radar system comprises three items: flat plate array rotating antenna unit; the low power solid state receiver/transmitter; and the ASN-165 display group that provides the color/monochrome radar image.

In August 2003, the AN/APN-242 airborne radar was ordered by the US Air Force for its fleet of RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft replacing the APN-59 systems. Retrofit began in November 2003 and concluded in May 2004. The APN-242 installation did not require aircraft modifications because is based on the existing aircraft infrastructure for the APN-59 radar.

AN/APN-242 Applications

Support Aircraft KC-135 Stratotanker

AN/APN-242 Specifications

Max Detection Range: 240 nautical mile (444 kilometer)
Power Consumption: 800 watt (0.00 MW)
Mean-Time Between Failures: 1,000 hour
Weight: 205 pound (0.09 ton)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AN/APN-242 News

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on 22 Dec 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008Northrop Grumman Wins Contract to Upgrade Radar Systems for Iraqi Air Force

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