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Trends in radar: a U.S. Army Research Laboratory perspective
Author(s): Eric Adler; Charles Dietlein; Abigail Hedden; Anthony Martone; Gregory Mitchell; Amir Zaghloul; Kenneth Ranney; Traian Dogaru; Kyle Gallagher; Mark A. Govoni
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Paper Abstract

Today’s military radars are being challenged to satisfy multiple mission requirements and operate in complex, dynamic electromagnetic (EM) environments. They are simultaneously constrained by practical considerations like cost, size, weight and power (SWaP), and lifecycle requirements. Tomorrow’s radars need to be resilient to changing operating environments and capable of doing more with fewer resources. Radar research supports this shift toward more agile and efficient radar systems, and current trends include modular hardware and software development for multi-purpose, scalable radio frequency (RF) solutions. Software-defined radios (SDRs) and other commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology are being used for flexible waveform generation, signal processing, and nontraditional radar applications. Adaptive RF technology, including apertures and other front-end components, are being developed for multi-purpose functionality and resiliency. Together, these research trends will result in a technology framework for more robust future systems that are capable of implementing cognitive processing techniques and adapting their behavior to meet the demands of a congested and contested EM environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9829, Radar Sensor Technology XX, 98290U (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2228478
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Adler, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Charles Dietlein, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Abigail Hedden, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Anthony Martone, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Gregory Mitchell, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Amir Zaghloul, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth Ranney, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Traian Dogaru, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Kyle Gallagher, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Mark A. Govoni, U.S. Army CERDEC Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9829:
Radar Sensor Technology XX
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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