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Radar System Performance Modeling

Radar System Performance Modeling by Richard Curry
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Turn to this expanded second edition of an Artech House bestseller for the most current and comprehensive coverage of radar system performance analysis and system-level modeling. This revised edition features new material on airborne and space-based radar, radar tracking techniques, radar system design, and operational and performance issues. It also provides new detailed examples, problem sets and solutions, and a comprehensive self-test to evaluate your understanding.

Featuring over 255 equations and more than 120 illustrations, this systematic reference offers you a clear understanding of the basics of radar design, operation and applications, including radar configurations, radar parameters, radar waveform characteristics, and functional radar models and their software representations. It provides you with fully developed models for radar detection, search modes, measurement and tracking, environmental effects, countermeasures and counter-countermeasures, and airborne and space-based radar. A final section includes examples that combine the various radar models together to solve practical radar problems.

CD-ROM Included! Features custom radar functions and equations that let you calculate the radar performance parameters covered by the book in Excel worksheets.


Introduction - This Book and How to Use It. Concept of Radar Operation. Radar Applications and Functions. Functional Models. Custom Radar Functions. Sources for Further Information. Problems.

Radar Configurations - Radar Basing. Frequency Bands. Antenna Types. Waveform Types. Signal Processing Techniques. Monostatic and Bistatic Radar. Sources for Further Information. Problems.

Radar Analysis Parameters - Transmitter. Antennas. Phased-Array Antennas. Receiver and Signal Processor. Target Radar Cross Section. Sources for Further Information. Problems.

Radar Waveforms - Waveform Characteristics. CW Pulses. Linear FM Pulses. Phase-Coded Pulses. Pulse-Burst Waveforms. Multiple-Time Around Returns. Radial-Velocity Ambiguities. Sources for Further Information. Problems.

The Radar Equation - Radar Range Equation. Parameter Definition in the Radar Equation. Reference Range. Pulse Integration. Minimum Range Constraint. Sources for Further Information. Problems. VBA Software Functions for the Radar Equation.

Radar Detection - The Detection Process. False Alarms. Detection Using a Single Pulse or Coherent Dwell. Detection Using Noncoherent Integration. Cumulative Detection. Sources for Further Information. Problems. VBA Software Functions for Radar Detection.

Radar Search Modes - The Search Equation. Rotating Search Radars. Volume Search with Phased-Array Radars. Cued Search. Horizon Search with Phased-Array Radars. Horizon Search with Dish Radars. Sources for Further Information. Problems. VBA Software Functions for Radar Search Modes.

Radar Measurement and Tracking - Range Measurement Accuracy. Angular Measurement Accuracy. Velocity Measurement Accuracy. Measurement of Target Features. Multi-Radar Measurements. Measurement Smoothing and Tracking. Radar Tracking Techniques. Sources for Further Information. Problems. VBA Software Functions for Radar Measurement and Tracking.

Environment and Mitigation Techniques - Terrain and Sea-Surface Effects. Precipitation Effects. Troposphere Effects. Ionosphere Effects. Sources for Further Information. Problems. VBA Software Functions for Environment and Mitigation Effects.

Radar Countermeasures and Counter-Countermeasures - Radar Countermeasure Summary. Mainlobe Jamming. Sidelobe Jamming. Volume Chaff. Decoy Discrimination. Sources for Further Information. Problems. VBA Software Functions for Radar Countermeasures and Counter-Countermeasures.

Airborne and Space-Based Radar Issues - Radar Configurations. Clutter Characteristics. Pulse-Doppler Processing. Displaced Phase Center Arrays (DPCA). Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP). Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR). Sources for Further Information. Problems. VBA Software Functions for Airborne and Space-Based Radar.

Radar Performance Modeling Techniques and Examples - Methodology. False-Alarm Probability Optimization. Cumulative Detection Over Long Periods. Cued Search Using a Dish Radar. Composite Measurement Errors. Detection in Jamming, Chaff and Noise. Sources for Further Research. Problems.

Appendixes - List of Symbols. Glossary. Custom Radar Software Functions. Unit Conversions. Answers to Problems. Self-Test.

G. Richard Curry is a consultant in radar systems applications with nearly 50 years of experience in radar system analysis and design and military R&D planning, technology assessment, and management. His career has included positions with Science Applications International Corporation, General Research Corporation, Raytheon, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He received his M.S. in electrical engineering from MIT.

Artech House; November 2004
410 pages; ISBN 9781580538176
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Title: Radar System Performance Modeling
Author: Richard Curry