Introduction to Radar

Introduction to Radar

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Radar has evolved from a very simple device for the detection of aircraft in the 1930's to the present almost wholly automatic systems in which the radar sensor is an integrated part of a computer complex with completely programmed functions, decision-making operations, and self-check features. The major impetus for the rapid development of radar was the urgent air-defense requirements of the Second World War; this stimulus led to many advances in radar technology in a relatively short period of time. Radar was raised to a level of sophistication comparable to older technologies in a period of less than ten years.

Chapter Contents:

  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Recent Developments
  • 1.3 Radar Classifications
  • 1.4 The Search Problem
  • 1.5 The Track Problem
  • 1.6 Nature of the Radar Statistical Problem
  • 1.7 The Uses of Radar and Special-Purpose Systems
  • 1.8 Integration of Signal and Data Processing
  • References

Inspec keywords: radar applications; radar detection; military radar

Other keywords: aircraft detection; completely-programmed functions; radar development; Second World War; air-defense requirements; self-check features; decision-making operations; computer complex; wholly-automatic systems; radar technology; radar sensor

Subjects: Signal detection; Radar equipment, systems and applications

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