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Theoretical analysis of a continuous tracking system
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Paper Abstract

Today's radar exploitation system utilize information from both Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) obtained from various airborne platforms. GMTI detects and supports the classification of moving targets, whereas SAR detects and supports the classification of stationary targets. However, there is currently no ability to integrate the information from these two classes of radars in tracking targets that execute sequences of move-stop-move maneuvers. The solutions of this dilemma is the development of a Continuous Tracking (CT) architecture that uses distinctive GMTI and SAR features to associate stationary and moving target detections through move-stop-move maneuvers. This paper develops a theoretical model and present corresponding numeric computations of the performance of the CT syste. This theory utilizes a two- state Markov process to model the successive SAR and MTI detections are derived from typical traffic and sensor behaviors. This analysis of the sensor characteristics and the underlying traffic model provides a foundation in designing a CT systems with the maximum possible performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3709, Digitization of the Battlespace IV, (9 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351608
Show Author Affiliations
David A. Garren, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Timothy P. Grayson, DARPA (United States)
Ray O. Johnson, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Thomas M. Strat, DARPA (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3709:
Digitization of the Battlespace IV
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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