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Perhaps, but you can't expect a small fighter like the mig21 suddenly turn into an Su30. It's probable not possible to fit an bigger radar into the aircraft.<BR>Just my thoughts.<p>[This message has been edited by Skanhai (edited 08-09-1999).]
Skanhai,<P>Maybe....could someone else also give gyan on this....<P>The other funda here is if the radar has a tracking range of just 30 miles...thats a big underutilisation of the R-77, which has a range of some 60+ miles. But anyway, this would still be a big increase in capability for the 21s.
Drones aren't that easy to lock onto mainly because of RCS. I want to remind people that the last time an IAF brought down something that size (a Pak UAV)the MiG-21s used gunfire. By the same token, when SWAC brought down a UAV earlier using a SA-3 they relied on the very very powerful P-16s to permit missile engagement.
Just calibrating the discusssion:<P>>><I>The range cited were for drone-sized targets. Fighters will have considerably greater RCS.</I><P>Target Drons are used weapons test simulate both the filght profile and the radar RCS. Such drones carry RCS enhancing reflectors (90 degree between 3 reflector surfaces) to give appropiate radar signature. <P>I am very surpized at the stated radar range.<P>Cheers -Arun
Just for comparison purposes (including any unit costs) take a look at this site on US missile systems<P> <A HREF="http://dynamite.com.au/jdbusto/weapons/index.html" TARGET=_blank>http://dynamite.com.au/jdbusto/weapons/index.html</A> <P>Some interesting size/cost/weight/range data<P>------------------<BR>Laurie
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