Space time adaptive processing for high PRF radar

T. F. Ayoub, M. L. Pugh, A. M. Haimovich

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High pulse repetition frequency radars are employed for airborne applications due to their capability to place high closing-rate targets in the clutter-free region. The highly ambiguous range returns, may however, cause low Doppler targets to compete with near-range strong clutter. It is shown that STAP techniques are required to reject the near-range clutter returns which mask low Doppler targets. As a result of range ambiguity of the HPRF radar, the sample support for estimating the array covariance matrix is limited, leading to an ill-conditioned problem. Three methods are considered to resolve this problem: (1) a modification of SMI referred to as pseudoinverse SMI, wherein the pseudoinverse is applied in lieu of the covariance matrix inverse, (2) loaded SMI, (3) the eigencanceler. It is shown that the eigencanceler and loaded SMI perform well, with the eigencanceler slightly outperforming loaded SMI. Pseudoinverse SMI does not perform satisfactorily.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-472
Number of pages5
JournalIEE Conference Publication
Issue number449
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 Radar Edinburgh International Conference - Edinburgh, UK
Duration: Oct 14 1997Oct 16 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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