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Passive bistatic radar analysis
Author(s): Daniel W. O'Hagan; H. Kuschel; Joachim Schiller
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Paper Abstract

Passive Bistatic Radar (PBR) research is at its zenith with several notable PBR systems currently operational, or available for deployment. Such PBRs include the Manastash Ridge Radar (MRR) developed for and by academia; Silent Sentry developed as a commercial concern by Lockheed Martin; and Homeland Alerter (HA100) also a commercial system developed by Thales. However at present, despite the existence of numerous PBR prototypes, take up of commercial passive radar technology remains slow. This is due in part to technology immaturity, in part to politics, and particularly due to the fact that monostatic radars perform so well. If PBRs are to enjoy longevity as a viable technology then it is imperative that they address certain niche application areas, with the aforementioned MRR being one prime example of this. The focus of this paper will be an analysis of a PBR system that utilised FM radio signals of opportunity to detect aircraft targets with an RCS generally not lower than 20 m2. The paper will demonstrate the theoretical detection coverage of an FM based PBR operating in a severe interference environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7502, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2009, 75020Q (5 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.837450
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel W. O'Hagan, FGAN - Research Establishment for Applied Science (Germany)
H. Kuschel, FGAN - Research Establishment for Applied Science (Germany)
Joachim Schiller, FGAN - Research Establishment for Applied Science (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7502:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2009
Ryszard S. Romaniuk; Krzysztof S. Kulpa, Editor(s)

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