Description: The current radar component status of the available network of specialised aids to aviation meteorological services is identified, which comprises pulse Doppler weather radars and terminal radar facilities with processing channels of moisture target reflections. Calculations of the radar field created by this network are provided. It is demonstrated that the network does not ensure the required complete radar coverage at all specified altitudes. Proposals are substantiated in regard to creation of complete meteorological radar field based on an advanced network of meteorological radar aids that would be supplemented, beside the available fleet of pulse Doppler weather radars, with radar aids of centimetric band with meteorological signal processing channels. Abilities of the radio-technical troops’ (RTT) radar aids are reviewed regarding their capability to carry out a radar meteorological reconnaissance and deliver radar data on natural phenomena hazardous for aviation under condition of them being equipped with the channels that process signals reflected from the moisture targets. Performance potential of the mentioned radar aids is identified concerning detection and recognition of meteorological phenomena of different types and moisture targets of different forms, as well as the required technical conditions under which this potential can be implemented. It is demonstrated that RTT radar aids of centimetric wave band can be considered as the basic sources of meteorological information in the process of establishing a local military meteorological network for warning about hazardous natural phenomena or as sources of additional information if they are integrated into the National Integrated Information Network of Hydrometeorologic Support and Service, which is planned to be established in Ukraine. Calculations of the radar field created by the proposed network of meteorological radar aids are provided.
Keywords: Radar aids, meteorological signals, meteorological network, radar field