[Answered] ASuW A/C + Rdr vs Airtracks

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[Answered] ASuW A/C + Rdr vs Airtracks

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Searching for confirmation or just the fact that I'm doing something wrong.
Is it correct, in the game, that a Airborne SurfaceSearch radar like the AN/APS-143B on a Aurora and a AN/ZPY-4 on a FireScout is not seeing any A/C or missile tracks? Even if they would at low altitude. Hope someone can help me out.
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RE: ASuW A/C + Rdr vs Airtracks

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That is correct.

Radars and other sensors in CMO have specific functions (eg: surface search, ground search, space search etc.) and can have one or several of them. Most dedicated surface-search radars cannot search for air targets. Some advanced AEW radars can - refer to specific sensor details in the DB.

This is broadly representative of reality, not all radars can do all jobs.
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RE: ASuW A/C + Rdr vs Airtracks

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Thx for the answer
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RE: ASuW A/C + Rdr vs Airtracks

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That's actually a good point, most surface-search radars have some residual capability against low-altitude air targets.
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RE: ASuW A/C + Rdr vs Airtracks

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Sometimes I think in computer games and models there's a tendency to think about things like, "this is a radar for detecting boats, therefore it detects only boats," when really it just means that it is pointed at the water, has software to show some preference for boat-like things, and hardware optimized to try to make boat-like things more visible. That doesn't mean it only picks up boats, though. It picks up radar reflections, and depending on how the radar is set up, it might pick up things that are not boats but none the less generate a radar reflection (chaff and other decoys are great examples!). Some of those things are just as useful to know about as boats. Then there's the human factor, which is whether the operator would be able to determine that a given radar target is not a boat, and is in fact some other boat-like-in-some-way thing that the radar optimized for finding boats just happened to pick up?

Radar... so much to nerd out on...
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That's actually a good point, most surface-search radars have some residual capability against low-altitude air targets.
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