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X-band radar signature characteristics for main battle tanks in operational environments
Author(s): Robert H. Giles; William T. Kersey; Andrew J. Gatesman; Michael J. Coulombe; M.Shane McFarlin; Robbin Finley; William E. Nixon
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Paper Abstract

An analysis of target separability has been performed under an OSD Target Management Initiative program entitled Radar Variations. The program has concentrated on analyzing radar signatures from multiple main battle tanks (MBTs) in order to quantify the differences in Ka-band signatures of vehicles due to intraclass and interclass target variations. As a significant factor in the success of the Radar Variations program, U Mass Lowell's Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory (STL) and U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) fabricated 1/16th scale exact replicas of the vehicles used in the Ka-band radar signature acquisition study directed by Simulation Technologies, Inc. (SimTech) and Targets Management Office (TMO). These replicas enabled NGIC to measure statistically significant amounts of high-fidelity signature data for a variety of target configurations with an indoor compact radar range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4718, Targets and Backgrounds VIII: Characterization and Representation, (6 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.478820
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Robert H. Giles, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
William T. Kersey, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
Andrew J. Gatesman, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
Michael J. Coulombe, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
M.Shane McFarlin, Simulation Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Robbin Finley, U.S. Army TMO (United States)
William E. Nixon, U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4718:
Targets and Backgrounds VIII: Characterization and Representation
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement; William R. Reynolds, Editor(s)

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