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Radar Cross Section (2nd Edition)

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Publication Year: 2004

Radar cross section (RCS) is a comparison of two radar signal strengths. One is the strength of the radar beam sweeping over a target, the other is the strength of the reflected echo sensed by the receiver. This book shows how the RCS gauge can be predicted for theoretical objects and how it can be measured for real targets. Predicting RCS is not easy, even for simple objects like spheres or cylinders, but this book explains the two exact forms of theory so well that even a novice will understand enough to make close predictions. Weapons systems developers are keenly interested in reducing the RCS of their platforms. The two most practical ways to reduce RCS are shaping and absorption. This book explains both in great detail, especially in the design, evaluation, and selection of radar absorbers. There is also great detail on the design and employment of indoor and outdoor test ranges for scale models or for full-scale targets (such as aircraft). In essence, this book covers everything you need to know about RCS, from what it is, how to predict and measure, and how to test targets (indoors and out), and how to beat it.

Inspec keywords: electromagnetic wave absorption; radar cross-sections; electromagnetic wave scattering

Other keywords: scattering mechanisms; complex body; radar cross section reduction methods; test targets; techniques for measuring absorber property; RCS prediction techniques; background information; simple body; scattering characteristics; RCS behavior; complex targets

Subjects: Electromagnetic wave propagation; Textbooks; General electrical engineering topics; Electromagnetic waves: theory; Radar theory

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