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Variability study of Ka-band HRR polarimetric signatures on 11 T-72 tanks
Author(s): William E. Nixon; H. J. Neilson; G. N. Szatkowski; Robert H. Giles; William T. Kersey; L. C. Perkins; Jerry Waldman
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Paper Abstract

In an effort to effectively understand signature verification requirements through the variability of a structure's RCS characteristics, the U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), with technical support from STL, originated a signature project plan to obtain MMW signatures from multiple similar tanks. In implementing this plan NGIC/STL directed and sponsored turntable measurements performed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Sensors and Electromagnetic Resource Directorate on eleven T-72 tanks using an HRR full-polarimetric Ka-band radar. The physical condition and configuration of these vehicles were documented by careful inspection and then photographed during the acquisition sequence at 45 degree(s) azimuth intervals. The turntable signature of one vehicle was acquired eight times over the three day signatures acquisition period for establishing measurement variability on any single target. At several intervals between target measurements, the turntable signature of a 30 m2 trihedral was also acquired as a calibration reference for the signature library. Through an RCS goodness-of-fit correlation and ISAR comparison study, the signature-to-signature variability was evaluated for the eighteen HRR turntable measurements of the T-72 tanks. This signature data is available from NGIC on request for Government Agencies and Government Contractors with an established need-to-know.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1998
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3370, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery V, (15 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321841
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William E. Nixon, U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Ctr. (United States)
H. J. Neilson, U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Ctr. (United States)
G. N. Szatkowski, U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Ctr. (United States)
Robert H. Giles, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
William T. Kersey, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
L. C. Perkins, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
Jerry Waldman, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3370:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery V
Edmund G. Zelnio, Editor(s)

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