Principles of Modern Radar – Radar Applications (Volume 3)

Principles of Modern Radar – Radar Applications (Volume 3)

Principles of Modern Radar: Radar Applications is the third of the three-volume series of what was originally designed to be accomplished in one volume. As the final volume of the set, it finishes the original vision of a complete yet bounded reference for radar technology. This volume describes fifteen different system applications or class of applications in more detail than can be found in Volumes I or II.

As different as the applications described, there is a difference in how these topics are treated by the authors. Whereas in Volumes I and II there is strict adherence to chapter format and level of detail, this volume has a wider dynamic range of technical depth. Some system applications lend themselves to a deeper level of technical description than others.

What This Book Addresses

Certainly, there are many applications for which radar technology can be applied. Each chapter in Principles of Modern Radar: Radar Applications discusses a particular (selected) application or class of applications for the use of radar as a sensor. Not all applications for radar as a sensor are addressed in this volume, nor could they be. However, a varied selection of applications are included, providing a fairly broad cross section of surface-based and aerospace systems, defense-oriented as well as commercial technologies, and European as well as American systems.

It was difficult to determine which system applications should be selected for this volume. Some areas of technology are so new that intellectual property rights restricted us from developing a complete picture of those applications. In other cases, classification issues were at play. Even considering these issues, there are many other radar applications that might have been covered, and a selection had to be made. We hope you are pleased with our choices.

Why This Book Was Written

The original vision for PoMR was to provide the radar community with a single resource that described the latest radar technology, as driven largely by advancements in digital signal-processing (DSP) capability. Since DSP technology is maturing at such a fast pace, the ability to employ advanced techniques grows with it. The growth of these new techniques influences the development of advanced antenna techniques as well as subsystem radio-frequency and intermediate frequency hardware. The first two volumes in this series describe basic principles, some of which are true for legacy systems and some of which have experienced relatively recent use, as well as specific advanced techniques in the use of this technology. So, the first two volumes provide a complete picture of radar technology from the first principles to the advanced techniques in use today. With the publication of the first two volumes, it was natural to complete the original vision by preparing this volume describing selected modern radar applications.

Who Should Read This Book

Different from Volumes I and II, this volume is not intended as a textbook for the university environment. Rather, it was originally developed to be largely readable by the layperson, who might not necessarily have all the mathematical and scientific background to fully appreciate the material in the first two volumes. That stated, this volume is also intended to fill in some detail, reinforce or expand on fundamental technological issues described in the first two volumes, and round out understanding of system issues, at least for a selection of applications.

How the Chapters Are Structured

The framework for each chapter was written roughly to answer the following questions: What are the system requirements? What are the particular radar issues associated with these requirements? How specifically are these features incorporated in the system?

Examples of specific systems representing the class of applications discussed herein support the answers to these questions. Since different radar technology communities sometimes use different, or unique, symbols and abbreviations, many chapters have a separate table of abbreviations and symbols. It would be more difficult to read if all of the abbreviations and symbols were consolidated at the end of the book. Since this volume is not expected to be used as a university text, no student questions are included.

The History of the PoMR Series

As discussed in the prefaces of Volumes I and II, the PoMR series was originally planned as one volume, entitled Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles, Advanced Techniques, and Radar Applications. The resulting number of chapters and sheer amount of the material suggested two volumes: the Basic Principles volume and the Advanced Techniques and Radar Applications volume. True to form, as Volume II emerged, it was separated into two volumes, resulting in the current set of three volumes.

Volume I was written to provide a modern look at the fundamental technology and design issues related to radar technology in general. It provides an in-depth look at the modern signal-processing techniques available today, many that were not supported by the computing resources (signal- and data-processing technology) available even ten years ago. Volume II was prepared to demonstrate specific signal-processing techniques that are not required in every system in development but are relatively new to the field of radar. The current volume, Radar Applications, cites specific examples of the use of basic principles and advanced techniques.

It is interesting to note that many of the signal-processing techniques in use today were first discussed in the early (World War II era) series prepared at the MIT Radiation Laboratory. The techniques were known, but available signal-processing technology did not support implementation until modern digital signal-processing equipment became available.

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