Here's some basic information about the capabilities of the new aircraft radar sets.
I don't have MiG-19PT or the
Sea Venom, or the preceding plane in each case, so I can't test those. (Edit: Thanks to
- Range: Beam range options, in km.
- Beam θ: Total scan angle in wide mode, in degrees. 60° would mean it scans 30° to the left and 30° to the right.
- Search Modes: Some later radar sets have two search modes. Narrow mode scans a smaller angle which takes less time to complete, thus providing faster updates. Toggled with "Change radar search mode" command.
- Lock on?: Indicates whether the radar is capable of locking on to a target. Only MiG-19PT, F3D, and the Javelin are supposed to be capable of this. When locked on, a pipper and lead indicator appears over the target.
- Short gate: Some radars display
an additional short-range sector. I'm not sure what it indicates. It's not the lock-on range, since the
La-200 has it. Not AAM range either, since the F3D has it. Edit:
/u/Ophichius points out it's for the radar gunsight. Therefore, I'm renaming it in the table to Gunsight.
|Nation||Plane||Range (km)||Beam θ (°)||Search Modes||Lock on?||Gunsight?||Notes|
|USA||P-61A-1||3, 9, 18||150||Wide||No||No||Fast scan|
|USA||P-61C-1||3, 9, 18||150||Wide||No||No||Fast scan|
|USA||F3D||20, 45, 110, 220, 370||180||Narrow, Wide||Yes||Yes|
|Germany||Do-217 J-2||4||60||Wide||No||No||Doesn't scan|
|Germany||Do-217 N-1||4||60||Wide||No||No||Doesn't scan|
|Germany||Do-217 N-2||5||70||Wide||No||No||Doesn't scan|
|Germany||Me 410 B-6/R3||4||60||Wide||No||No||Doesn't scan|
|Germany||He 219 A-7||4||60||Wide||No||No||Doesn't scan|
|UK||Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9||20, 45, 110, 220, 370||180||Narrow, Wide||Yes||Yes|
|UK||Sea Venom FAW 20||3, 9, 18||150||?||No||?||Fast scan?|
Things to note:
All testing was performed in AB Test Flights or Mission Editor missions.
The P-61's (and reportedly the Sea Venom's) radar scans very rapidly, but this might be a bug, because target blips don't actually update every time the beam sweeps past them. They seem to update at the same rate as the other radars. The Sea Venom apparently has the same radar as the P-61s.
The German radars don't sweep at all. Blip positions update instantly. This isn't a bug; early German airborne radar sets like the Lichtenstein were not mechanically-scanned (or electronically-scanned). They provided a static cone of radar energy in front of the aircraft.
Neither the American nor French F6F-5N's radar is modeled.
The Sabre's famous radar gunsight is not modeled either.
Locking on targets is activated with the "Lock radar target on" command. The "Select radar target to lock on" command doesn't seem to do anything. I thought it might change targets if there are more than one in range, but that didn't work when I tried it in a custom battle, although that was in Arcade mode, so perhaps it only works in RB/SB mode.
Similarly, the "Change radar mode" command doesn't seem to do anything.
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