COURSE # ROO-403
INTRODUCTION TO RADAR SYSTEMS
...a concise introduction to modern radar operating principles, systems, applications and the underlying technologies...
This introductory radar course provides sound operational and engineering foundations of radar principles and technologies. The brief radar history presented here, along with physical phenomena and system applications, lay solid grounds for future pursuits in the radar field.
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 types, their missions and objectives.
- Radar system configurations performance trade-offs.
- Enabling technologies.
Who should attend:
This course introduces the principles of radar systems, as well as their missions and objectives, rendering it an invaluable resource for executives, program managers, system analysts, engineers, simulation programmers and others who manage, design or operate radar based systems. Although this course has no prerequisites, college level math will be helpful.
- Radar history and evolution
- Concept of radar operation
- Radar technology development
- Evolution of radar applications
- Radar terminology and metrics
- Key radar terms
- MKS and engineering units
- Radar concepts and configurations
- Radar functions, missions and performance objectives
- Radar basing, frequencies, antenna types, waveforms and processing techniques
- Radar components and key parameters
- Transmitter, antenna, receiver, signal processor and displays
- Target characteristics, radar cross section (RCS), Swerling models
- The radar equation
- Radar range equation
- Pulse integration: coherent and noncoherent
- Minimum-range constraint and its impact
- 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
- CW pulses, linear FM waveforms, phase-coded waveforms, and pulse bursts
- Multiple time around returns
- 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
- 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 (ECM) and counter-countermeasures (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)
Texts: Radar Essentials: A Concise Handbook for Radar Design and Performance Analysis, by G. Richard Curry, published by SciTech, 2012
, by G.W. Stimson, published by SciTech, 1998
- Introduction to Airborne Radar, 3rd edition
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.
Course: ROO-403 Duration: 3 Days FEE: $1,499 CEUs: 2.16
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Last modified June 23, 2016.