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Toward the integration of tracking and signal processing for phased-array radar
Author(s): W. Dale Blair
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Paper Abstract

Classically, sensor signal processing and data processing (i.e., tracking) have been performed separately with very little interaction between the two functions. Furthermore, the signal processing and tracking algorithms are often designed separately. This paper discusses some concepts for integrating the signal processing and tracking functions for a phase array radar. Since phased array radars provide a rapid beam steering capability, proper control of the radar beam has the potential for significantly improving the tracking of multiple maneuvering targets. However, when the signal processing is accomplished separately from the tracking, optimizing the detection thresholds for targets with fluctuating radar cross sections, resolving multiple targets, and reducing the errors due to multipath and glint must be accomplished over a single radar dwell period. Integrating the signal processing with the tracking will allow many of these issues to be addressed over multiple radar dwells. The issues associated with integrating the signal processing and tracking functions are discussed with respect to tracking and data association, revisit time and waveform energy calculations, and waveform selection. The waveform selection is discussed relative to four specific examples that include a fluctuating radar cross section from an extended target, two closely spaced targets, a splitting target, and a target in the presence of radar multipath.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1994
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2235, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1994, (6 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179060
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W. Dale Blair, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2235:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1994
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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