Radar Systems Analysis & Design Using MATLAB

Course Length:



This course provides a comprehensive description of radar systems analyses and design. A design case study is introduced and as the material coverage progresses throughout the course, and new theory is presented, requirements for this design case study are changed and / or updated, and the design level of complexity is also increased. This design process is supported with a comprehensive set of MATLAB-7 code developed for this purpose. By the end, a comprehensive design case study is accomplished. This will serve as a valuable tool to radar engineers in helping them understand radar systems design process. Each student will receive the instructor’s textbook MATLAB Simulations for Radar Systems Design as well as course notes.

What you will learn:

  • How to select different radar parameters to meet specific design requirements.
  • Perform detailed trade-off analysis in the context of radar sizing, modes of operations, frequency selection, waveforms and signal processing.
  • Establish and develop loss and error budgets associated with the design.
  • Generate an indepth understanding of radar operations and design philosophy.
  • Several mini design case studies pertinent to different radar topics will enhance understanding of radar design in the context of the material presented.

Course Outline:

  1. Radar Basics: Radar Classifications; Range; Range Resolution; Doppler Frequency; The Radar Equation; Radar Reference Range; Search (Surveillance); Pulse Integration; Detection Range with Pulse Integration; Radar Losses; Range and Doppler Ambiguities; Resolving Range Ambiguity; Resolving Doppler Ambiguity; “MyRadar” Design Case Study – Visit 1.
  2. Radar Detection: Detection in the Presence of Noise; Probability of False Alarm; Probability of Detection; Coherent Integration; Non-Coherent Integration; Detection of Fluctuating Targets; Threshold Selection; Probability of Detection Calculation; Detection of Swerling Targets; The Radar Equation Revisited; “MyRadar” Design Case Study – Visit 2.
  3. Radar Waveforms: Low Pass, Band Pass Signals and Quadrature Components; The Analytic Signal; CW and Pulsed Waveforms; Linear Frequency Modulation Waveforms; High Range Resolution; Stepped Frequency Waveforms; Range Resolution and Range Ambiguity; Effect of Target Velocity; The Matched Filter; Matched Filter Response to LFM Waveforms; Waveform Resolution and Ambiguity; “Myradar” Design Case Study – Visit 3.
  4. The Radar Ambiguity Function: Examples of the Ambiguity Function; Single Pulse Ambiguity Function; LFM Ambiguity Function; Coherent Pulse Train Ambiguity Function; Ambiguity Diagram Contours; Digital Coded Waveforms; Frequency Coding (Costas Codes); Binary Phase Codes; Pseudo-Random (PRN) Codes; “MyRadar” Design Case Study -Visit 4.
  5. Pulse Compression: Time-Bandwidth Product; Radar Equation with Pulse Compression; LFM Pulse Compression; Correlation Processor; Stretch Processor; “MyRadar” Design Case Study – Visit 5.
  6. Surface and Volume Clutter: Clutter Definition; Surface Clutter; Radar Equation for Area Clutter – Airborne Radar; Radar Equation for Area Clutter – Ground Based Radar; Volume Clutter; Radar Equation for Volume Clutter; Clutter Statistical Models; “MyRadar” Design Case Study – Visit 6.
  7. Phased Arrays: Directivity, Power Gain, and Effective Aperture; Near and Far Fields; General Arrays; Linear Arrays; Array Tapering; Computation of the Radiation Pattern via the DFT; Planar Arrays; Array Scan Loss; “MyRadar” Design Case Study – Visit 7.
  8. Electronic Countermeasures: Jammers; Self-Screening Jammers (SSJ); Stand-Off Jammers (SOJ); Range Reduction Factor; Chaff.
  9. Radar Cross Section (RCS): RCS Definition; RCS Prediction Methods; Dependency on Aspect Angle and Frequency; RCS Dependency on Polarization; Polarization; RCS of Simple Objects; Sphere; Ellipsoid; Circular Flat Plate; Truncated Cone (Frustum); Cylinder; Rectangular Flat Plate; Triangular Flat Plate.
  10. Radar Wave Propagation (time permitting): Earth Atmosphere; Refraction; Stratified Atmospheric Refraction Model; Four-Third Earth Model; Ground Reflection; Smooth Surface Reflection Coefficient; Rough Surface Reflection; Total Reflection Coefficient; The Pattern Propagation Factor; Flat Earth; Spherical Earth. This course will serve as a valuable source to radar system engineers and will provide a foundation for those working in the field who need to investigate the basic fundamentals in a specific topic. It provides a comprehensive day-to-day radar systems design reference.


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  • Dr. Bassem R. Mahafza is the president and founder of deciBel Research Inc. He is a recognized Subject Matter Expert and is widely known for his three textbooks: Introduction to Radar Analysis, Radar Systems Analysis and Design Using MATLAB, and MATLAB Simulations for Radar Systems Design. Dr. Mahafza’s background includes extensive work in the areas of Radar Technology, Radar Design and Analysis (including all sensor subcomponents), Radar Simulation and Model Design, Radar Signatures and Radar Algorithm Development (especially in the areas of advanced clutter rejection techniques and countermeasures). Dr. Mahafza has published over 65 papers, and over 100 technical reports.

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