General Electric AN/FPS-8 Radar

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General Electric AN/FPS-8 Radar
Country of origin United States
Introduced 1954-1958
Number built Over 200 produced
Type Medium-Range Search Radar
Frequency 1280 - 1380 megahertz
PRF 360 hertz
Beamwidth 2.5 degrees
Pulsewidth 3 microseconds
RPM 0 to 10 rpm
Power 1 MW
Other Names AN/GPS-3, AN/MPS-11, AN/FPS-88

The AN/FPS-8 Radar was a Medium-Range Search Radar used by the United States Air Force Air Defense Command.

The radar was a medium power D-Band search radar designed for aircraft control and early warning, and was installed at commercial airports and military bases both in the United States and overseas. In most installations the antenna was exposed, being mounted on a temporary tower.

For severe environmental conditions, the AN/FPS-8 was self-contained in an arctic tower with a protective radome. Over the years improvements were made to the basic AN/FPS-8, culminating in the final version whose nomenclature was AN/FPS-88 (V). The AN/FPS-8 also had two mobile versions: the AN/MPS-11 and the AN/MPS-11A.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • AN/FPS-8 @
  • Winkler, David F. (1997), Searching the skies: the legacy of the United States Cold War defense radar program. Prepared for United States Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command.

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