The Mitsubishi Electric JTPS-P80 coastal surveillance radar has entered service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).
A JGSDF official told Jane's at 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition in Chiba that the radar, which can also be mounted on a truck, was commissioned by the service in August 2019 and is currently being deployed near the coastal town of Shibetsu on the eastern coast of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
The JTPS-P80 is expected to gradually replace the JTPS-P8E radar system currently operated by the service.
The new radar, which is designed to detect both aerial and naval targets, including fighter aircraft and small-sized ships, is made up of an antenna and a traveling-wave tube (TWT) transmitter, and uses software signal processing as well as a monopulse system to enhance detection performance, according to information provided by Japan's Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency.
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