GROUND SURVEILLANCE RADARS
This lesson will enable you to know the types of ground surveillance radars (GSRs).
To know GSR employment and utilization.
Given mission briefing, battle area operation overlay, and 1:50,000 area of operations
To satisfy the collection effort.
FM 34-1, Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Operations, July, 1987.
Operator's and Organizational Maintenance Manual, Radar Set
AN/PPS-5 (SERIES), June, 1967.
Operator's Organizational, and Direct Support Maintenance
Manual, Radar Set AN/PPS-15A(V) 1, April, 1978.
What is a GSR? It is radio, detecting and ranging (radar) electronic equipment used to maintain continuous, all-
weather, day/night, battlefield and other tactical areas of interest surveillance. GSR equipment uses radio waves
to detect ground targets to determine range, direction, and other characteristics.
GSRs are used at battalion level for surveillance and target acquisition. They are primarily designed to detect
moving ground targets. They provide greater range capability for detecting moving targets than any other ground
sensor device. Although they are an excellent vehicle to obtain information, they compliment rather than replace
other collection means. The field commander must be cognizant of the interrelationship and dependence of each
type of device upon other systems. The field commander must have at his disposal personnel who are experts in
the use of ground surveillance equipment.