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Master-A Multi-Function Control Radar (MFCR)

Master-A Multi-Function Control Radar (MFCR)The THALES Raytheon-supplied S-band Master-A Multi-Function Control Radar (MFCR) was developed as part of the Indian ABM program in cooperation with Thales of France. The MFCR is an AESA radar and complements the Swordfish L-band radar Long Range Tracking Radar (LRTR) for intercepting ballistic missiles. The MFCR will also serve as the FCR for the AAD second tier missile system of the ABM program. The MFCRs will also act as the nodes of an Air Defence Ground Environment system.

The indigenous Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile was fired from Wheeler Island off the coast near Dhamra in Bhadrak district on 23 November 2012. The interceptor was fired a few minutes after the target missile was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district, about 70 km from Wheeler Island. The interceptor missile successfully destroyed the target missile at an altitude of 15 km. The interception took place at 12.52 pm.

Long range radar and multifunction fire control radar located far away could detect the missile from take-off and track it through its entire path. The total trajectory of the incoming missile was continuously estimated by the guidance computer and subsequently the AAD missile was launched at an appropriate time to counter and kill the ballistic missile.

Once in range, the Master-A MFCR—capable of detecting airborne targets with a RCS of 0.3 square metres at 350km range—would take over. The command line-of-sight guidance computation will take another 15 seconds, following which the exo-atmospheric interceptor missile will be fired. The missile’s on-board strap-down inertial navigation system (SDINS) — comprising a ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation sensor — provide mid-course correction updates for trajectory shaping until the on-board terminal guidance sensor finally takes over.

ThalesRaytheon Systems (TRS) is number 1 worldwide in the area of battlefield radar and leader, with 70% of the world market, in "weapon locating radar" whose range, altitude coverage and accuracy are in continuous improvement. Major powers are preparing to cope with the global military capabilities that will be prevalent in the coming years: the likely spread of ballistic missiles and sophisticated air breathing weapons such as high- maneuvering aircraft, UAVs or cruise missiles. Conventional Air Command & Control Systems fit with conventional threat. With its unique features, MASTER-A is specifically designed to enhance existing systems and make them effective against all these emerging threats.

Master A is operating in S-Band 3D, multi-function long-range radar. It is suitable for unmanned operation either autonomously or in a network. Master-A uses a phased array antenna, that electronically scan in both azimuth and elevation while either rotating in azimuth, or scanning in a sector. The radar is designed to provide surveillance and tracking against advanced airborne threats and ballistic missiles. The whole system can be easily deployed by C-130 sized aircraft using three 20-foot ISO containers at 10 t trucks and one 20-foot ISO platform at a 20 t trailer. The assembly or disassembly takes place with a crew of 8 people within 90 minutes.

  • Electronic scanning in azimuth (+/- 40°) and elevation (0 to 60°)
  • Data rate : 4 seconds (rotating model) / up to 0,1 second (staring mode, antenna stopped)
  • S-band
  • Large operating bandwith : 400 Mhz
  • Fully solid-state T/R modules
  • Operational use
  • Unattended
  • Stand-alone with co-located C2 facility
  • Backbone integrated in air operation network
  • Detection envelope
  • Instrumented range : Surveillance : 300 km
  • Tracking : 370 km
  • Ceiling : up to 80,000 ft (surveillance)
  • Elevation coverage : 60°
  • Accuracy / Discrimination on combat aircraft
  • Range : normal resolution : 30m / 220m
  • high resolution : better than 50m
  • Azimuth : up to 0,1 (high precision)
  • Height : 1,700 ft at 100 Nm (high precision)
  • Transportability (land, sea and air)
  • Three 20-foot ISO containers and one 20-foot ISO platform
  • Three 10-ton trucks + one 20-ton trailer
  • Aircraft (c-130 type)
  • Assembly / disassembly 90 minutes / 8 people
  • MTBCF > 1,100 hours (Mean Time Between Critical Failures)
  • Availability > 99,9 %

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