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Track management technique for electronically scanned radars
Author(s): George C. Brown; W. Dale Blair; Daniel A. Diaz
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Paper Abstract

A new method of track management for a phased array radar is proposed to simplify the data association and improve the allocation of radar resources. The tracks are organized into Association Groups and Dwell Groups. Association Groups are used for course gating when associating new measurement data with existing tracks, while Dwell Groups are used to efficiently schedule the next dwell on closely-spaced targets. By considering only closely-spaced tracks in the same Association Group, a form of coarse gating is inherently done to cull candidate tracks that are unlikely to associate with a measurement from a dwell to illuminate all of its members. A Dwell Group contains tracks that are spaced sufficiently to allow one dwell to illuminate all of its members. Dwell groups lay the foundation for more systematic approaches to optimal allocation of the radar resources. Simulation results are presented to illustrate the new technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4048, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2000, (13 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392008
Show Author Affiliations
George C. Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
W. Dale Blair, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Daniel A. Diaz, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4048:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2000
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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