First experimental demonstration of GMTI improvement through antenna switching

Conference: EUSAR 2008 - 7th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/02/2008 - 06/05/2008 at Friedrichshafen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2008

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Cerutti-Maori, Delphine; Gierull, Christoph H.; Ender, Joachim H. G. (Forschungsinstitut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik (FGAN-FHR) Neuenahrer Str. 20, D-53343 Wachtberg, Germany)
Gierull, Christoph H. (Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Radar Systems Section, 3701 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Canada)

Up to now, theoretical investigations have shown that switching between parts of the transmit and/or receive aperture in a pulse-to-pulse cycle improves the GMTI performance of a two-channel radar system. This paper intends to verify experimentally the GMTI capability of the switching concept for the first time. Accordingly, three different GMTI modes were implemented in the PAMIR system including two switching modes. An experiment was conducted using six cooperative vehicles following a predefined scenario to compare the GMTI performance and in particular the positioning accuracy of the different GMTI modes. The results of this experiment are presented in this paper.