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Experimental study of LTE signals as illuminators of opportunity for passive bistatic radar applications

Experimental study of LTE signals as illuminators of opportunity for passive bistatic radar applications

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Passive radars utilising illuminators of opportunity are being actively studied in the field of radar. In the last few years, many illuminator sources have been employed for passive radar applications. However, there have been no published results on the use of the long-term evolution (LTE) signal as a novel source for passive radar applications. For the first time an experimental investigation into the feasibility of LTE-based passive radars for detecting a moving target is presented. A theoretical analysis was conducted on a captured LTE signal in the atmosphere. This was then followed by a field experiment. The preliminary results show that the LTE signal is capable of being an illuminator for passive radars.

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