Air and Spaceborne Radar Systems

An Introduction


  • Philippe Lacomme, Thomson-CSF Detexis Company
  • Jean-Claude Marchais, Thomson-CSF Radars & Contre-Mesures
  • Jean-Philippe Hardange, Thomson-CSF Detexis
  • Eric Normant, Thomson-CSF Detexis

A practical tool on radar systems that will be of major help to technicians, student engineers and engineers working in industry and in radar research and development. The many users of radar as well as systems engineers and designers will also find it highly useful. Also of interest to pilots and flight engineers and military command personnel and military contractors. ""This introduction to the field of radar is intended for actual users of radar. It focuses on the history, main principles, functions, modes, properties and specific nature of modern airborne radar. The book examines radar's role within the system when carrying out is assigned missions, showing the possibilities of radar as well as its limitations. Finally, given the changing operational requirements and the potential opened up by modern technological developments, a concluding section describes how radar may evolve in the future. The authors review the current state of the main types of airborne and spaceborne radar systems, designed for specific missions as well as for the global environment of their host aircraft or satellites. They include numerous examples of the parameters of these radars. The emphasis in the book is not only on a particular radar technique, but equally on the main radar functions and missions. Even if a wide range of techniques are described in this book, the focus is on those which are connected to practical applications.
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Technicians, student engineers and engineers working in industry and in radar research and development. The many users of radar as well as systems engineers and designers will also find it highly useful. Also of interest to pilots and flight engineers and military command personnel and military contractors.


Book information

  • Published: March 2001
  • ISBN: 978-1-891121-13-5

Table of Contents

Part I ├╣ General PrinciplesChapter 1 ├╣ The History and Basic Principles of Radar 1.1 History 1.2 Basic PrinciplesChapter 2 ├╣ Initial Statements of OperationalRequirements 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Missions 2.3 Carriers and Weapons 2.4 System Functions 2.5 Definitions of Flight ConditionsChapter 3 ├╣ The RADAR Equation 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Signal Transmission and Reception 3.3 Radar Equation in Free Space 3.4 The Radar Cross Section of a Target 3.5 Mathematical Modeling of the Received Signal 3.6 Direction of Arrival and Monopulse MeasurementChapter 4 ├╣ Propagation 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Role of the Ground 4.3 The Role of the Troposphere 4.4 Other PhenomenaChapter 5 ├╣ Noise and Spurious Signals 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Thermal Noise 5.3 Radiometric Noise 5.4 Spurious Echoes and ClutterChapter 6 ├╣ Detection of Point Targets 6.1 Introduction 6.2 The Optimal Receiver (White Noise) 6.3 Optimal Receiver for Known Non-white Noise 6.4 Adaptive Receiver for Unknown Non-white Noise 6.5 Space-time Adaptive Processing 6.6 Waveform and Ambiguity FunctionPart II ├╣ Target Detection and TrackingChapter 7 ├╣ Clutter Cancellation 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Waveform Selection 7.3 Improvement Factor and Spectral Purity 7.4 Dynamic Range and LinearityChapter 8 ├╣ Air-to-Air Detection 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Non-coherent Low-PRF Mode 8.3 Pulse-compression Radar 8.4 Low-PRF Doppler Radars (MTI) 8.5 High-PRF Radar 8.6 Pulse-Doppler Mode (High- and Medium-PRF)Chapter 9 ├╣ Air Target Tracking 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Platform Motion and Attitude├╣Coordinate Systems 9.3 Single-Target Tracking (STT) 9.4 Plot Tracking 9.5 Track-While-Scan (TWS)Chapter 10 ├╣ Ground Target Detection and Tracking 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Detection and Tracking of Contrasted Targets 10.3 Detection and Tracking of Moving Ground TargetsChapter 11 ├╣ Maritime Target Detection and Tracking 11.1 Maritime Surveillance Radars 11.2 Search Strategy 11.3 Surface Vessel Detection 11.4 Detection of Small Targets (Periscopes) 11.5 Maritime Target Tracking 11.6 Maritime Target ClassificationChapter 12 ├╣ Electromagnetic Pollution 12.1 Introduction 12.2 Electromagnetic Compatibility 12.3 Interference from Other Radar Components 12.4 Inter-equipment Interference on the Platform 12.5 Unintentional InteractionsPart III ├╣ Ground Mapping and ImageryChapter 13 ├╣ Ground Mapping 13.1 Introduction 13.2 Principal Parameters 13.3 Ground Mapping with Monopulse SharpeningChapter 14 ├╣ Radar Imagery 14.1 Imaging Radar Applications 14.2 Image Quality 14.3 Special Techniques for Range ResolutionChapter 15 ├╣ Synthetic Aperture Radar 15.1 Design Principle 15.2 SAR Ambiguities 15.3 Spaceborne SAR 15.4 SAR Operating ModesChapter 16 ├╣ Synthetic Aperture Radar Specific Aspects 16.1 Migrations 16.2 Phase Errors 16.3 Platform Motion 16.4 Spectral Purity 16.5 Signal Processing 16.6 Autofocus 16.7 Power Budget 16.8 Localization Accuracy 16.9 Other Processing MethodsChapter 17 ├╣ Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) 17.1 Objectives and Applications 17.2 Preliminary Description of ISAR 17.3 Imaging of a Ship at SeaChapter 18 ├╣ Other Observation Radars 18.1 Millimeter-wave Radars 18.2 Scatterometers 18.3 AltimetersPart IV ├╣ Principal ApplicationsChapter 19 ├╣ Radar Applications and Roles 19.1 Civil Applications 19.2 Military Applications 19.3 Examples of ApplicationsChapter 20 ├╣ Design Overview 20.1 Basic Equations 20.2 Generic Radar Configuration 20.3 Space Observation Radar 20.4 Air-surveillance Radar (AEW) 20.5 Maritime Surveillance Radar 20.6 Battlefield Surveillance 20.7 Interception Radar 20.8 Tactical Support Radar 20.9 Penetration RadarChapter 21 ├╣ Multifunction Radar 21.1 Introduction 21.2 Radar Modes and Functions 21.3 Technical Specifications 21.4 Technical DescriptionChapter 22 ├╣ Technological Aspects 22.1 Introduction 22.2 The Major Stages in Technological Innovation 22.3 Advances in Radar Components 22.4 Space Technology Part V ├╣ Radars of the FutureChapter 23 ├╣ The Changing Target 23.1 Introduction 23.2 Electromagnetic Signature 23.3 Radar Cross Section 23.4 Reducing Electromagnetic Signature 23.5 ConclusionChapter 24 ├╣ Operational Aspects 24.1 Introduction 24.2 RCS Values 24.3 Detection Range 24.4 Self-protection Range 24.5 MissionsChapter 25 ├╣ Principal Limitations of Present-day Radars 25.1 Introduction 25.2 Physical Limitations 25.3 Technological Limitations 25.3.1 Waveform 25.3.2 Spectral Purity and Dynamic Range 25.3.3 Data Flow 25.3.4 ExploitationChapter 26 ├╣ Electronically Steered Antennas 26.1 Introduction 26.2 Operational and Technical Benefits of ESA for Airborne Radars 26.3 Competing ESA Solutions 26.4 Conclusion: ESA Solutions for Airborne RadarsChapter 27 ├╣ Airborne and Spaceborne Radar Enhancement 27.1 Introduction 27.2 Response to Target RCS Reduction 27.3 Countering Electromagnetic Threats 27.4 Multiple and Evolving Targets; Angular Coverage 27.5 Space Imaging RadarChapter 28 ├╣ ConclusionsList of AcronymsList of SymbolsBibliographyAbout the AuthorsIndex