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This book is an introduction to the rather broad field of the echo characteristics of radar targets. It is intended to acquaint engineers, scientists, and program managers with what may be a new and unfamiliar discipline, even though a great body of knowledge has existed since the widespread use of radar in World War II. Modern weapons systems often carry RCS performance specifications in addition to other, more conventional requirements, such as speed, weight, and payload. Integrating these specifications into a new or existing system requires that engineers of several disciplines interact with each other. Our intention is to improve that interaction by showing why certain electromagnetic design procedures or features are important in the overall system design.

Chapter Contents:

  • 1.1 Overview
  • 1.2 Radar Systems
  • 1.3 Electromagnetics
  • 1.4 RCS Phenomenology
  • 1.5 Absorbing Materials
  • 1.6 Measurements
  • 1.7 Basic Definitions
  • 1.8 Summary
  • References

Inspec keywords: military radar; weapons; radar cross-sections

Other keywords: program manager; electromagnetic design; World War II; radar target echo characteristics; RCS performance; modern weapon system

Subjects: Radar equipment, systems and applications

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