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The return signal can then be correlated with a delayed version of the transmitted code to produce range discrimination approximately equal to half the bit length. 3 Pulsed Radar As indicated earlier, obtaining range information requires that the transmitted signal be coded to allow an elapsed time measurement to be made between some reference time and the time that the signal is received back from the target. 2. 1, timing for the pulses is provided by the synchronizer, which triggers the transmitter and simultaneously begins a range strobe on the indicator.
Chapter 2 Radar Fundamentals M. T. TuUy IA INTRODUCTION Although the study of radar cross section and its reduction are interesting from a purely academic point of view, we assume that the reader has a practical application in mind. That application is typically the prediction of a radar's performance against a given target, and then modification of the target RCS to reduce the performance of the radar. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a brief survey of radar fundamentals that can be used to put the RCS and RCS reduction (RCSR) problems in context.
In the receiver area, solidstate technology has improved mixers and allowed development of low-noise amplifiers. In the antenna area, large-scale phased arrays have become practical. In signal processing, as in every other area of radar, the advent of the small, fast digital computer has made practical radar techniques that could not otherwise have been considered. It is interesting to note that the advent of "stealth" technology has somewhat reversed the historic trend in radar development toward the use of higher frequencies.