In this AESA Radar and Its Applications Training, participants will learn why the AESA radar has become the system of choice on modern platforms by understanding its capabilities and constraints, and how these capabilities and constraints come about as a result of the AESA approach. While offering performance that is inherently superior to conventional systems, AESA radar is technologically and architecturally more complex. This AESA Radar and Its Applications Training course will then proceed to describe in detail several key surface and airborne radar applications that have been used in traditional radar systems, but whose performance is enhanced by the AESA class of radar. Essential support technologies such as antenna auto-calibration, antenna auto-compensation, and radar modeling and simulation will also be covered.
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Upon completing this AESA Radar and Its Applications course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:
- The evolution of radar systems from mechanical rotators to ESA and AESA
- Fundamental principles and concepts of ESA and AESA
- Major advantages and challenges of AESA radar systemsM
- Required support technologies of AESA arrays
- Key applications of AESA radar in surface and airborne platforms.
- State-of-the-art advances in related radar technologies – i.e., radar waveforms
- We can adapt this AESA Radar and Its Applications Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
- If you are familiar with some aspects of this AESA Radar and Its Applications course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
- We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the AESA Radar and Its Applications course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
- If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the AESA Radar and Its Applications course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.
The target audience for this AESA Radar and Its Applications course:
The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this AESA Radar and Its Applications course are:
- Introduction: The evolution of radar from mechanical rotators through ESA to AESA. The driving elements, the benefits, and the challenges. Applications that benefit from the new technology.
- Radar Subsystems: Transmitter, antenna, receiver, and signal processor ( Pulse Compression and Doppler filtering principles, automatic detection with adaptive detection threshold, the CFAR mechanism, sidelobe blanking angle estimation), the radar control program, and data processor.
- Electronically Scanned Antenna (ESA): Fundamental concepts, directivity and gain, elements and arrays, near and far field radiation, element factor and array factor, illumination function and Fourier transform relations, beamwidth approximations, array tapers and sidelobes, electrical dimension and errors, array bandwidth, steering mechanisms, grating lobes, phase monopulse, beam broadening, examples.
- Solid State Active Phased Arrays (AESA): What are AESA, Technology, and architecture? Analysis of AESA advantages and penalties. Emerging requirements that call for AESA, Issues at T/R module, array, and system levels. Emerging technologies. Examples.
- Module Failure and Array Auto-compensation: The ‘bathtub’ profile of module failure rates and its three regions, burn-in and accelerated stress tests, module packaging and periodic replacements, cooling alternatives, and effects of module failure on array pattern. Array failure-compensation techniques.
- Auto-calibration of Active Phased Arrays: Driving issues, types of calibration, auto-calibration via elements mutual coupling, principal issues with calibration via mutual coupling, some properties of the different calibration techniques.
- Multiple Simultaneous Beams: Why multiple beams, independently steered beams vs. clustered beams, alternative organization of clustered beams and their implications, quantization lobes in clustered beams arrangements and design options to mitigate them. Relation to AESA.
- Surface Radar: Principal functions and characteristics, nearness, and extent of clutter, anomalous propagation, dynamic range, signal stability, time, and coverage requirements, transportation requirements, and their implications, bird/angel clutter and its effects on radar design. The role of AESA.
- Airborne Radar: Principal functions and characteristics, Radar bands, platform velocity, pulse repetition frequency (PRF) categories and their properties, clutter spectrum, dynamic range, sidelobe blanking, main beam clutter, clutter filtering, blindness, and ambiguity resolution post detection STC. The role of AESA.
- Modern Advances in Waveforms: Traditional Pulse Compression: time-bandwidth and range resolution fundamentals, figures of merit, existing codes description. New emerging requirements, arbitrary WFG with state-of-the-art optimal codes and filters in response. MIMO radar. MIMO waveform techniques and properties, relation to antenna architecture, and the role of AESA in the implementation of the above.
- Synthetic Aperture Radar: Real vs. synthetic aperture, real beam limitations, derivations of focused array resolution, unfocused arrays, motion compensation, range-gate drifting, synthetic aperture modes, waveform restrictions, processing throughputs, synthetic aperture ‘monopulse’ concepts.. MIMO SAR and the role of AESA.
- High Range Resolution via Synthetic Wideband: Principle of high range resolution – instantaneous and synthetic, synthetic wideband generation, grating lobes and instantaneous band overlap, cross-band dispersion, cross-band calibration, examples.
- Adaptive Cancellation and STAP: Adaptive cancellation overview, broad vs. directive auxiliary patterns, sidelobe vs. main beam cancellation, bandwidth, and arrival angle dependence, tap delay lines, space sampling, and digital arrays, range-Doppler response example, space-time adaptive processing (STAP), system and array requirements, STAP processing alternatives. Digital arrays and the role of AESA.
- Radar Modeling and Simulation Fundamentals: Radar development and testing issues that drive the increasing reliance on M&S, purpose, types of simulations – power domain, signal domain, H/W in the loop, modern simulation framework tools, examples: power domain modeling, signal domain modeling, antenna array modeling, fire finding modeling
- Radar Tracking: Functional block diagram, what is radar tracking, firm track initiation, and range, track update, track maintenance, algorithmic alternatives (association via single or multiple hypotheses, tracking filter options), the role of electronically steered arrays in radar tracking.
- Key Radar Challenges and Advances: Key radar challenges, key advances (transmitter, antenna, signal stability, digitization, digital processing, waveforms, algorithms)