Target Detection

Target Detection

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5436-3.ch002


Target detection means to illuminate the target and then calculate its parameters, such a range, speed, azimuth, and altitude. The target range can be obtained using one of several methods: by calculating the time between the detected target echo and the transmitted wave, then calculating the difference in frequency between the received echo and the transmitted wave in the case of linear frequency modulation, and finally calculating the differential phase of the double detection of an echo obtained using two transmissions of different frequencies.
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Range Detection

The radar range equation can be written as follows (mahfaza, 2004):

(1) where is the transmitted peak power, , are the transmitter and the receiver gain, respectively. is the wavelength and is the radar cross section area, and is the Boltzmann’s constant (Watt*sec/°Kelvin), and is the temperature 290 K, and is the receiver band width, and is the receiver noise Figure, and is the loss factor.

Figure 1.

Radar equation and detection process

Figure 1 is plotted to show the relation between the radar equation and the target detection process. In airborne radar, the range processing is the same as the ground radars, but it suffers from more problems, compared with the ground radars, these problems must be compensated in order to get high probability of detection.

The main important problems are the power loss due to targets range and many other reasons, the limited input dynamic range for radar receiver, the range migration problems (range walk, range curvature, acceleration), and Doppler ambiguity estimation, in the following section we will discuss these problems in details.

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