Outdoor RCS Test Ranges

Outdoor RCS Test Ranges

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All are static RCS ranges, in which the test target is exposed to the instrumentation radar on a controllable support fixture. Although the target may be rotated in aspect during the measurements, or even caused to rock, tilt, or dip during that rotation by a string support system, the tests are, nevertheless, static tests because the target never leaves the ground and the radar is trained in a fixed direction. In sharp contrast, the target measured on a dynamic test range operates under its own power and may fly courses several miles long. This demands that the instrumentation radars track the target in both angle and range, a function often accomplished by a separate tracking radar. The design and operation of the two kinds of test range are quite different, and in this chapter we focus attention exclusively on the static RCS test range.

Chapter Contents:

  • 12.1 Overview
  • 12.2 Instrumentation
  • 12.3 The Ground-Plane Effect
  • 12.4 Effect of the Antenna Pattern
  • 12.5 Ground Reflection Coefficient
  • 12.6 Passive Clutter and Multipath Reduction
  • 12.7 Defeating the Ground Plane
  • 12.8 Examples of Past and Existing Ranges
  • 12.9 Summary
  • References

Inspec keywords: radar cross-sections; radar tracking

Other keywords: controllable support fixture; outdoor RCS test ranges; instrumentation radar; static test range; string support system; dynamic test range; tracking radar

Subjects: Radar equipment, systems and applications

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