IED Command Wire Detection with Multi-Channel Drone Radar

Konferenz: EUSAR 2021 - 13th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
29.03.2021 - 01.04.2021 in online

Tagungsband: EUSAR 2021

Seiten: 4Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

Otten, Matern; Caro Cuenca, Miguel (Radar Technology department, TNO, The Hague, The Netherlands)
Garcia Fernandez, Maria (Area of Signal Theory and Communications, University of Oviedo, Gijón, Spain)

Detection of command wires is one of several ways of localizing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Wires are currently detected with hand-held detectors close to the ground, which is dangerous and very time-consuming. This paper describes a new system and method to detect wires in the field much more efficiently, using a multi-channel wide-angle Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mounted on a drone. The radar system is circular, with a 25 cm diameter, and a weight of less than 1 kg. Experimental results with wire pairs laid out in the field demonstrate the detectability of thin wires at the expected angles.