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Activity title

DMPAR Deployment and Assessment in Military Scenario

Activity Reference

SET-258

Panel

Sensors & Electronics Technology

Security Classification

Other

Status

Active

Activity type

RTG

Start date

2018

End date

2021

Keywords

active radar, DMPAR, multiband radar, multistatic processing, passive radar, radar netting

Background

The principle “Deployable Multi-band Passive/Active Radar” DMPAR has been demonstrated in SET195 to bear the potential of considerably enhancing ground based radar detection capabilities. During the DMPAR Evaluation Trials for Operationally Upgraded Radar (DETOUR) trials of SET195 a vast amount of real measured data from the participating sensors has been collected representing both collocated and dislocated sensor configurations. Even only a small part of the data having been evaluated the superiority of both collocated and dislocated DMPAR versus a single band active radar was proven. However, the criteria for either choosing a collocated or a dislocated sensor configuration has not been addressed and could make a decisive difference, when a limited number of sensors is available. Thus the DETOUR database will be exploited for the analysis of the pros and cons of the two configurations in order to provide tactical decision aids for DMPAR deployment and assessment in military scenarios. The DETOUR database is a unique and very important source of the DMPAR data in NATO. Further deep analysis can provide answers to multiple questions on further ground based multiband passive/active systems. One of the most crucial issues is the effective deployment of the sensors of such a system in military scenarios to get the best coverage. Further challenges are connected with the development and validation of new techniques for effective data fusion algorithms for DMPAR system. Last, but not least comes the operational analysis of the fused data in military scenarios. To answer these questions requires a thorough analysis of the DETOUR database and can be augmented by analysing new data (simulated or measured) to be provided by interested NATO nations, which had not participated in the DETOUR trials. Thus, a three years RTG activity is required to validate and process these data and design and develop a mission tool for DMPAR deployment. It will be in interest of the NATO nations for the future deployment of sensors as a short term realisation of the DMPAR principle and the further development of DMPAR systems.

Objectives

Collocated versus a dislocated Deployable Multi-band Passive Active Radar for its deployment and assessment in military scenarios shall be studied in a new SET-activity. Moreover, design tools for the deployment of DMPAR system in military scenario will be developed too. The work will have strong relations with the LTCR’s as follows: LTCR Priority 10 – Counter Low Signature Airborne Targets; COP, active and passive sensors, target RCS vs bistatic observation angle, LTCR Priority 12 – Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar: advanced radars, LTCR Priority 13 – Counter Threat to Low Altitude Air Vehicles; sensors to detect threat, LTCR Priority 25 – Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Collection Capability: Active and passive sensors.

Topics

The research of the proposed RTG will identify basic phenomena relevant for ground-based sensor placement in a DMPAR configuration and consider aspects of centralised versus decentralised DMPAR signal processing in order to provide decision aids for tactical sensor placement. • A performance analysis of DMPAR in co- and dislocated configuration for its deployment and assessment in military scenarios • Design and develop tools for the deployment of DMPAR system in military scenario for having best performance of covering and tracking • Signal processing techniques and ground clutter cancelation methods • Data fusion, target detection, localization and tracking • Reference signal analyses and reconstruction • Direct signal suppression • Multi-band processing • User requirements and operational needs in military scenarios • Displacement rules of the DMPAR system in military scenarios The output of this study will be a final report.

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