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Radar is a surveillance technology that uses radio waves to determine the range (and azimuth) of an aircraft. It works by measuring the time difference between a radio transmission and the echo or reply to that transmission. Radars are the most common surveillance equipment used by ATC.

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Could an AN/APG-79 AESA radar “lock-on” a single bird?

Could a fighter pilot in 2015 using an AN/APG-79 AESA radar "lock-on" a single bird? I know that modern radars like the AN/APG-79 in modern combat aircraft like the F/A-18F filter out false alarms ...
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What is the equivalence of Meteksan MILDAR in US inventory?

This is called MILDAR radar. This is manufactured by a Turkish company named Meteksan. Is this Turkish equivalent of Longbow radar? If yes, why is that radar pylon-mounted rather than mast-mounted?...
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Can lasers be used for weather detection along an aircraft's flight path?

Aircraft use RADAR for weather detection such as storm clouds, rain, etc. Why don't they use LASER instead to measure the density of the weather ahead? RADAR has been known to return false signals of ...