Fluttar DEW-Line Gap-Filler

Fluttar DEW-Line Gap-Filler

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This chapter disccuses a brief history of the bistatic radar known as Fluttar, developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory under the sponsorship of the U.S. Air Force. The experimental Fluttar system led to the AN/FPS-23, which was the first operational bistatic radar the United States deployed. It was used in the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line in the late 1950s as a gap-filler radar to detect low-flying aircraft approaching North America from the north.

Chapter Contents:

  • 3.1 Background
  • 3.2 Early Thoughts About a Dew Line Bistatic Gap-Filler Radar
  • 3.3 Fluttar System Considerations
  • 3.4 Unexpected Trouble
  • 3.5 Monostatic Pulse Radar for Fence Coverage
  • 3.6 Looking Back
  • References

Inspec keywords: radar detection; CW radar; Doppler radar

Other keywords: DEW line; gap filler radar; Fluttar system; AN/FPS-23; distant early warning; aircraft detection; bistatic radar

Subjects: Radar equipment, systems and applications; Signal detection

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