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The system level requirements, design and performance of an Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar

AESA Airborne Radar Theory and Operations course


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Summary:

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The revolutionary active electronically scanned array (AESA) Radar provides huge gains in performance and all the front line fighters in the world from the Americans (F35, F22, F18, F15, F16) to the Europeans, Russians and Chinese already have one or soon will. This four day seminar, which took 10,000 man hours to produce, is a comprehensive treatment on the latest systems engineering technology required to design the modes for an AESA to capitalize on the systems inherent multi role, wide bandwidth, fast beam switching, and high power capabilities. Steve Jobs once said “You must provide the tools to let people become their best”, and this seminar will include two indispensable tools for the AESA engineer. 1) A newly written 400+ page electronic book with interactive calculations and simulations on the more complicated seminar subjects like STAP and Automatic Target Recognition. 2) A professionally designed spread sheet (with software) for designing, capturing and predicting the detection performance of the AESA modes including the challenging Alert-Confirm waveform.

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Tuition:

Instructor:

Bob Phillips Bob Phillips has 45 years’ experience as a leader in the emerging technologies of airborne Radar systems and software. He was a key engineer in the development of the F16 radar including the APG-80 AESA, the upgraded B1B ESA, the APG-68(V)9, and the venerable APG-66 MLU. As a consulting engineer Bob had responsibility for reviewing plans and proposals for software in the JSF AESA and other systems involving FLIR and EW. He was involved in teaching and marketing Radar to pilots and engineers around the world. Bob holds a BS in engineering physics and a Masters in numerical science from Johns Hopkins where he matriculated in post graduate studies in EE. He holds 4 patents and numerous disclosures. After 38 years at Northrop Bob retired and spends his time sailing and working as a Radar instructor.

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What You Will Learn:

  • How to design a mode to track 50 targets with low probability of intercept.
  • How to design an Automatic target Detection and Recognition algorithm to quickly sort military targets from an AESA SAR image.
  • How to compute the probability of detection for any AESA radar mode and integrate the required software into your own simulations.
  • How STAP and adaptive beam formers work to cancel jamming and optimize performance.
  • How to detect slow moving ground targets with a state-of-the-art main beam clutter canceler.
  • How to calculate the detection range for any radar

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to AESA Radar. The evolution of Radar, signal processing fundamentals and an overview of the AESA antenna and modes.

  2. Air-Air Operations. Use of a weapons system simulator to explore mode interleaving concepts, passive sensor integration, Low Probability of Intercept, Med and HI-Med PRF search, and multi target track in a variety of air-air intercepts and configurations.

  3. Receiver Exciter: Super Heterodyne receiver block diagrams, frequency multipliers, analog and advanced digital IF sampling synchronous detectors, and A/D converters. Phase and frequency coding with matched filters for pulse compression

  4. Array Antennas. Gain and beamwidth calculations. Two dimensional antenna patterns, weighting functions, grating lobes, array steering, monopulse vector processing. Adaptive beam forming, and spatial notch filters. Space-Time-Adaptive-Processing and advanced main beam clutter cancellers.

  5. Radar Equation. The air-air and air-ground Radar equations with IF Filters, A/D integrators, coherent and non-coherent integration with pulse compression. Target cross section modeling and detection theory.

  6. Radar Clutter. Airborne Radar clutter sources, computation of the Doppler frequency, clutter maps, constant clutter gamma model, clutter radar equation. Radome design, image lobes, clutter simulations and distribution functions.

  7. CFAR. Probability theory and the computation of the detection threshold. Cell averaging, High PRF, Greatest Of, and ordered statistic CFAR designs.

  8. Air-Air Search Modes. Block diagrams, processing and performance for the Low PRF, all aspect Medium PRF, and High PRF Alert Confirm waveforms. Track mode waveforms for tracking in main beam clutter with LPI considerations.

  9. Air-Ground Modes. Block diagrams and processing for real beam map, and synthetic aperture Radar. Stretch pulse compression, azimuth compression, auto focus algorithms, and automatic target detection and recognition techniques.

  10. Kalman Filters and Tracking. 50 target track mode with LPI and stealth considerations.


Tuition:

    Tuition for this four-day course is $2045 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to ati@aticourses.com.

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