…most comprehensive coverage of RADAR technology, its evolution, state-of-the-art and future trends…
This modern radar course, presented by the author of the course textbook, encompasses the foundations, evolution and the state-of-art of the technology. Special attention is given to the systems level considerations, such as advanced waveforms, signal processing, simulation models and performance analysis.
Applications and benefits:
You will benefit by enhancing your understanding of the:
- Radar history and its evolution.
- Language, terminology and metrics used by the radar community.
- Radar systems, their objectives and missions.
- Radar-system design criteria and system design.
- Radar waveforms and signal processing.
- Key enabling technologies.
- Radar system performance analysis.
- Modeling and simulation of radar systems.
Who should attend:
This comprehensive four day course introduces the principles of radar systems, as well as their missions and objectives, along with detailed system-level presentation of the methods, techniques and tools used in the design, simulations and performance analysis of modern radar systems and waveforms in use today. It is an invaluable resource for executives, program managers, system analysts, programmers and engineers who design, support or operate radar-based systems. This course is best suited for those with prior training in a technical field.
- Radar history and evolution
- Concept of radar operation
- Radar technology development
- Evolution of radar applications
- Radar terminology and metrics
- Key radar terms
- Radar types and processing modes
- MKS and engineering units
- Radar concepts, configurations, and operational concepts
- Radar functions, missions and performance objectives
- Radar basing, frequencies, antenna types, waveforms and processing techniques
- Radar components and key parameters
- Transmitter, antenna, phased arrays, receiver, signal processor and displays
- Target characteristics, radar cross section (RCS), Swerling models
- The radar equation
- Radar range equation
- Pulse integration: coherent and non-coherent
- Use of reference range concept for radar performance computations
- Minimum-range constraint, its impact, and mitigation techniques
- Radar detection
- The detection process, false alarms and detection probability
- Detection using a single pulse or coherent dwell
- Detection using noncoherent integration and cumulative detection
- Radar search
- The search equation, optimum search time
- Rotating search radars
- Volume search using phased array radars
- Cued search using reflector and phased-array radars
- Horizon search concept and applications to reflector and phased-array radars
- Radar waveforms
- Key waveform characteristics
- The ambiguity function
- CW pulses, linear FM waveforms, phase-coded waveforms, and pulse bursts
- Multiple time around returns and radial velocity ambiguities
- Radar measurement and tracking
- Radar measurement characteristics, error sources, and resolution requirements
- Range, angle and radial velocity measurement accuracy
- Measurement smoothing, tracking techniques
- Multi radar measurement and radar netting
- Radar networks
- Multi-radar measurements
- Geometric dilution of precision (GDOP)
- Radar netting, data-processing, and communications
- Target classification, discrimination and identification
- Radar measurements of target characteristics
- Discrimination principles
- Secondary surveillance radar (SSR) and identification friend or foe (IFF)
- Special radar configurations
- Continuous-wave (CW) radar
- Bistatic radar and bistatic RCS
- Over-the-horizon (OTH) radar
- Radar environment and mitigation techniques
- Terrain and sea-surface effects: multipath, terrain clutter and MTI
- Precipitation effects: attenuation and rain clutter
- Atmospheric effects: attenuation, lens loss and refraction
- Ionospheric effects: attenuation, polarization rotation, dispersion, and refraction
- Radar countermeasures and counter-countermeasures (ECM/ECCM)
- Countermeasure concepts and issues
- Mainlobe and sidelobe jamming
- Volume radar chaff
- Airborne and space-based radar
- Radar characteristics, features and limitations
- Clutter characteristics and pulse-Doppler processing
- Space-time adaptive processing (STAP), and displaced-phase center antennas (DPCA)
- Synthetic aperture radars (SAR)
- Future trends in radar
- Digital processing, digital front ends, multiple input - multiple output
- Space-based and airborne systems
- Solid-state module technology, brick vs. tile architecture
- Introduction to Airborne Radar, 3rd edition, by G.W. Stimson, published by SciTech, 1998
- Radar Essentials: A Concise Handbook for Radar Design and Performance Analysis, by G. Richard Curry, published by SciTech, 2012
About the Instructor
G. Richard Curry is a consultant in radar system applications with extensive experience in radar system analysis and simulation, radar design and testing, military R&D planning and technology assessment, and research management. He led analysis of radar system applications in military systems at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and at General Research Corporation (GRC). Prior to that, he analyzed and designed surveillance and tracking radars for the Raytheon Company, performed radar engineering for ballistic missile range testing at Kwajalein, and developed radar signal processing techniques at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He served in the U. S. Navy as an Electronics Officer. Mr. Curry received B. S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of Michigan, and an M. S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Radar System Panel of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, and author of the books:Radar System Performance Modeling, Pocket Radar Guide, and Radar Essentials. Additional information is available at: http://grcurry.mynetworksolutions.com.