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SARPod ARTD: the UK all-weather tactical deep-reconnaissance demonstrator
Author(s): Julian F. Utting; Alistair D. Jolly
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Paper Abstract

The benefits of an all-weather day-night deep battlespace reconnaissance capability on a penetrating platform are introduced and synthetic aperture radar is identified as a sensor technology which may offer this capability. However, certain risks are apparent in synthetic aperture radar operation in this type of application. A program of applied research and technology demonstration has therefore been put in place to mitigate these risks. The program began with a radar design study phase, aimed at a pod-mounted system on a Tornado aircraft and guided by an outline radar requirement. The pod facility in which the radar will be carried is presented, along with the outline radar requirement, and followed by some general results of the kind of parametric analysis undertaken in the design study. Finally, some recent investigations into the effects of uncompensated aircraft motion on SAR image quality are given. In conclusion, the program is seen to be based on a very sound technical footing and should offer high quality, proven advice on the capability that this type of radar mounted on a fast jet reconnaissance aircraft can offer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 2001
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4492, Airborne Reconnaissance XXV, (21 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.451129
Show Author Affiliations
Julian F. Utting, QinetiQ Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Alistair D. Jolly, QinetiQ Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4492:
Airborne Reconnaissance XXV
Wallace G. Fishell; Arthur A. Andraitis, Editor(s)

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