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Introduction to Airborne Radar
Second Edition
by George W. Stimson

This classic text and reference has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the field.

Retaining clear and colorful graphics with concise captions, an open layout, simple clear descriptions, "Blue Panels" to present details a reader can skip on a first reading, "sidenotes" to convey caveats and reviewer comments, and a wealth of real-world examples and photographs, the book is an ideal introduction to the subject for nonspecialists: engineers, technicians, pilots, and aerospace industry marketing, public relations, and customer support personnel.

The first chapters focusing on radar fundamentals are also applicable to ground and sea radar. The next move into air-to-air and air-to-ground operation. Later chapters cover advanced concepts.

Coverage includes:

  • Both passive and active electronically steered array antennas (ESAs)
  • Antenna RCS reduction for stealth
  • Problems of grating and Bragg lobes and means of avoiding them
  • Multi-frequency operation
  • Long coherent-integration-time operation
  • Alert Confirm detection
  • Bistatic target detection
  • Space-time adaptive processing
  • True-time-delay beam steering
  • 3-D SAR mapping
  • Advanced waveforms for exploiting the ESAs' versatility
  • Advanced approaches to mode control
  • Low probability of intercept (LPI) techniques
  • Plus much more!

Introduction to Airborne Radar is ideal for training courses and self study.

Contents

  1. Overview of Airborne Radar
    1. Basic Concepts
    2. Approaches to Implementation
    3. Representative Applications

  2. Essential Groundwork
    1. Radio Waves and Alternating Current Signals
    2. Key to a Nonmathematical Understanding of Radar
    3. The Ubiquitous Decibel

  3. Radar Fundamentals
    1. Choice of Radio Frequency
    2. Directivity and the Antenna Beam
    3. Pulsed Operation
    4. Detection Range
    5. The Range Equation, What It Does and Doesn't Tell Us
    6. Pulse Delay Ranging
    7. Pulse Compressions
    8. FM Ranging

  4. Pulse Doppler Radar
    1. Doppler Effect
    2. Spectrum of Pulsed Signal
    3. Mysteries of Pulsed Spectrum Unveiled
    4. Sensing Doppler Frequencies
    5. How Digital Filters Work
    6. The Digital Filter Bank and the FFT
    7. Measuring Range Rate

  5. Return from the Ground
    1. Sources and Spectra of Ground Return
    2. Effect of Range and Doppler Ambiguities on Ground Clutter
    3. Separating Ground-Moving Targets from Clutter

  6. Air-to-Air Operation
    1. The Crucial Choice of PRF
    2. Low PRF Operation
    3. Medium PRF Operation
    4. High PRF Operation
    5. Automatic Tracking

  7. High-Resolution Ground Mapping and Imaging
    1. Meeting High-Resolution Ground Mapping Requirements
    2. Principles of Synthetic Array (Aperture) Radar
    3. SAR Design Considerations
    4. SAR Operating Modes

  8. Radar in Electronic Warfare
    1. Electronic Countermeasure (ECM) Techniques
    2. Electronic Counter Counter-measures (ECCM)
    3. Electronic Warfare Intelligence Functions

  9. Advanced Concepts
    1. Electronically-Steered Array Antennas (ESAs)
    2. ESA Design
    3. Antenna RCS Reduction
    4. Advanced Radar Techniques
    5. Advanced Waveforms and Mode Control
    6. Low Probability of Intercept (LPI)
    7. Advanced Processor Architecture

  10. Representative Radar Systems
    • Reconnaissance and Surveillance
    • Fighter and Attack
    • Strategic Bombing
    • Attack Helicopter
    • Transport/Tanker Navigation
    • Civil Applications

Appendix:
Rules of Thumb
Reference Data

Index

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