TPS-10

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TPS-10 Medium Range Height Finder Radar Set - A Medium Range Height Finder Radar set built by Zenith/RCA. The original TPS-10 was developed by the MIT Radiation Laboratory during WWII. The postwar A model was produced by Zenith Corporation and following models, including the D model, produced by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Modified versions were produced as FPS-4 (fixed) and MPS-8 (mobile), some 450 copies of these versions were produced between 1948 and 1954.

TPS-10D Height Finder Radar

TPS-10D Height Finder Radar
Element Value Notes
Nomenclature TPS-10D
Origins TPS-10
TPS-10A
TPS-10B
Variants TPS-10
TPS-10A
TPS-10B
FPS-4
MPS-8
Manufacturer Zenith/RCA
Type Height Finder
Number Made 450~ All variants
IEEE Band X
Frequency 9230-9404 MHz
PRF 539 pps
Pulse Width 0.5 or 2 usec
Rotation Speed Auto - 1/3 rpm
Manual - 0 to 6 rpm
Nod Speed Auto - 60 cpm
Manual - 30 cpm
Power 250 kw peak 6002 Magnetron
Range 120 nmi Medium Range
Altitude -5,000 to +60,000
Introduced WWII
FPS-4/TPS-10D USAF Radar Set
TPS-10D System Components

From MIL-HDBK-162A - 15 Dec 1965: "Radar Set AN/TPS-10D is a lightweight, medium- range height-finding equipment. The extremely narrow beam width of the antenna makes it especially adaptable for use in mountainous terrain. The set has a maximum presentable range coverage of 120 nautical mile s and a height-finding capability of -5000 to +60, 000 feet. Radar Set AN/TPS-10D is air-transportable in a type C-82 cargo aircraft without disassembly of any components other than the upper section of the antenna reflector."


TPS-10 Components (edit list)
Component Model Quantity Height Width Deep Weight Notes
Antenna Group OA-375/TPS-10D 1 157 126.5 1400
Power Supply PP-636/TPS-10D 1 22.25 23.5 21.75 85
Radar Receiver-Transmitter RT- 208/TPS- 10D 1 27.125 27.625 32.5 215
Radar Modulator MD-140/TPS-10D 1 22 24.5 43.25 185
Power Supply PP-635/TPS-10D 1 22 23.75 30.75 210
Antenna Pedestal AB-226/TPS-10D 1 69 168 192
Waveguide Assembly CG-799/U 1 10.625 1.625 15.5
Antenna Pedestal Leg MT- 1061/TPS- 10D 1 31.625 24.25 87.625
Indicator Group OA-268/TPS-10D 1
Antenna Control C-841/TPS-10D 2 8.875 14.25 16 18
Electronic Control Amplifier AM-493/TPS- 10D 1 32.75 35 49.5 450
Control Indicator C-840/TPS-10D 1 18.5 21.5 20.75 97
Interference Blanker MX-1166/TPS- 10D 1 15.5 18 22.5 82
Mounting MT-981/TPS-10D 1
Motor Generator PU-219/TPS-10D 1 31.25 59.5 22.375 950
Manifold Dehydrator HD- 147/TPS- 10D 1 19.75 28 22 150
Standing Wave Indicator IM- 65/TPS- 10D* 1 7.75 24 15.25 25
Directional Coupler CU- 263/TPS- 10D 1 8 3 24
Waveguide Assembly CG-816/TPS-10D 1 1.625 1.625 48.375
Waveguide Assembly CG-800/U 1 1.625 1.625 30

* Dimensions and weight include directional coupler CU-263/TPS-10D

See Also:

Sources:

  • Winkler, David F., Searching the Skies: the Legacy of the United States Cold War Defense Radar Program, USAF Hq Air Combat Command, 1997, 192 pages, Pdf, page 76.
  • MIL-HDBK-162A, 15 Dec 1965.

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