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The RWR (Radar Warning Receiver) displays and identifies sources of radar emissions. Initialisms identify the radar platform, while symbols help the user prioritize and respond to threats. The display updates a source every time a radar ping hits the aircraft.

NOTE: No Allied radar sources are displayed on the RWR in singleplayer, except for that of the E-4 Overlord.

Example Scenario (Surface to Air Threat)[]

This is a brief example of what the RWR panel of a defending aircraft shows when a hostile SAM S/A Radar (DS) is detected, locks on and fires/guides a semi-active BSM-66 to its target.

Symbology[]

Symbol Definition
RWR Basic Primary.png
The threat the RWR has identified as the primary threat, and therefore most dangerous threat. This may help with target prioritization.
RWR Basic Newest.png

The marking for the most recently detected radar threat. This may also help with target prioritization.

RWR Basic Airborn.png
The radar threat is airborne. Airborne threats are the most dangerous to your aircraft, due to their ability to quickly reposition and fire from all angles. Exercise caution.
RWR Basic Locked.png
The radar threat is locked on and/or tracking you. Listen for increased radar pings, or a radar spike (lock-on) warning tone. A lock-on doesn't always mean a missile launch, but be prepared for a missile launch warning.
RWR Basic Guiding (Revised).png
This is a very urgent marking. The radar threat has launched a semi-active radar missile, and is guiding it towards you. Take evasive maneuvers, and attempt to break lock or line of sight from the missile launch site. Incidentally, this is also what an enemy would see while your aircraft is guiding the AIM-7 SARH missile.
RWR Missile.png
This is the most urgent marking. This tells you a missile has switched to its own internal homing radar and is close to hitting your aircraft. Consequently, this is what an enemy would see when an AIM-120 AMRAAM goes "pitbull", displaying an M on the HUD.

Acronyms[]

The RWR can also identify a radar source and display an abbreviation denoting the type of unit whose radar is detected. The known abbreviations are as follows:

Symbol Unit Type or Description
RWR MAD-4.png
The MAD-4 Radar
RWR CIWS.png
Hostile short-range CIWS targeting radars, either those on ships or pertaining to the enemy's ground-based CIWS turret.
RWR DroneCarrier.png
The Drone Carrier
MantaUCAV.png
The Manta UCAV
RWR Blufor Cruiser.png
The DMS Cruiser
RWR SAM SA.png
The SAM S/A Radar
RWR Blufor AWACS.png
The BLUFOR AWACS
RWR Redfor AWACS.png
The REDFOR AWACS
RWR ASF 30-33.png
The ASF-30 or ASF-33
RWR ASF 58.png
The ASF-58
RWR NFP Carrier.png
The NFP Carrier
RWR SAAW.png
The SAAW
RWR FCR.png
The Fire Control Radar
RWR NMSS LongRange Radar.png
The radar coordinating the NMSS Cruiser's long-range forward missile launchers.
RWR NMSS Cruiser Second Radar.png
The NMSS Cruiser's second radar, coordinating its Vertical Launch System.


The following RWR acronyms are only seen in Multiplayer:

Multiplayer RWR Symbols
Radar Source BLUFOR (Team A) REDFOR (Team B)
F/A-26B
RWR Blufor FA26.png
RWR Redfor FA26.png
F-45A
RWR Blufor F45.png
RWR Redfor F45.png
AH-94
RWR Blufor AH94.png
RWR Redfor AH94.png
BLUFOR Aircraft Carrier
RWR Blufor AircraftCarrier.png
BLUFOR Cruiser
RWR Blufor Cruiser.png
BLUFOR FCR
RWR Blufor FCR.png
BLUFOR S/A Radar
RWR Blufor SA Radar.png
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