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AN/MPQ-49 Forward Area Alerting Radar [FAAR]

The Forward Area Alerting Radar [FAAR] is one of two Army systems for early warning in the airhead. The Forward Area Alerting Radar [FAAR] system is a complete, self-contained, acquisition radar system (AN/MPQ-49), which consists of a radar set (AN/TPQ-43 and TPX-50 IFF), the M561 Gamma Goat, and a trailer with a 5-kilowatt generator set. The system must be airlanded into the airhead. It requires about 30 minutes to emplace and can detect targets out to 20 kilometers.

The Forward Area Alerting Radar (FAAR) was a D-band pulse doppler radar used to detect low flying aircraft and provide alerting and tentative identification to CHAPARRAL and VULCAN fire units and Manportable Air Defense (MANPAD) teams. The radar had a range of about 20 kilometers, contained the Mark XII Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) system, and transmitted digital data to the target alerting data display sets (TADDS) located with each CHAPARRAL/VULCAN battalion. The FAAR section consisted of three men and one vehicle and trailer.

In September 1991, after the FAAR was retired from the Army inventory, the system was offered for foreign military sales (FMS) and to other government agencies under the MICOM Reuse Program. At the same time, an improved FAAR, along with an integrated weapons display (IWD) equipped CHAPARRAL FLIR, was demonstrated against typical drug trafficking scenarios in Palm Beach County, Florida. This was a joint effort with the Florida ARNG, supported by the Palm Beach Shores Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff Department. The system's performance in this potential surveillance and detection role was excellent.

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