Examination of radar imagery from recent data collections using the spectrally agile frequency-incrementing reconfigurable (SAFIRE) radar system

Brian R. Phelan, Kenneth I. Ranney, Canh Ly, Philip J. Saponaro, Kelly D. Sherbondy, Ram M. Narayanan

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Abstract

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has recently developed the Spectrally Agile Frequency-Incrementing Reconfigurable (SAFIRE) radar system during its ongoing research to provide ground vehicular standoff detection and classification of obscured and/or buried explosive hazards. The system is a stepped-frequency radar (SFR) that can be reconfigured to omit operation within specific sub-bands of its 1700 MHz operating band (300 MHz to 2000 MHz). It employs two transmit antennas and an array of 16 receive antennas; the antenna types are quad-ridged horn and Vivaldi, respectively. The system is vehicle-mounted and can be interchanged between forward-or side-looking configurations. In order to assess and evaluate the performance of the SAFIRE radar system in a realistic deployment scenario, ARL has collected SAFIRE data using militarily-relevant threats at an arid US Army test site. This paper presents an examination of radar imagery from these data collection campaigns. A discussion on the image formation techniques is presented and recently processed radar imagery is provided. A summary of the radars performance is presented and recommendations for further improvements are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRadar Sensor Technology XXII
EditorsArmin Doerry, Kenneth I. Ranney
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510617773
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventRadar Sensor Technology XXII 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Apr 16 2018Apr 18 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume10633
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherRadar Sensor Technology XXII 2018
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period4/16/184/18/18

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radar imagery
Radar systems
Radar
radar
examination
Research laboratories
Antennas
antennas
Antenna
Hazards
Standoff Detection
Image processing
recommendations
hazards
vehicles
Hazard
Recommendations
Imagery
configurations
Scenarios

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Phelan, B. R., Ranney, K. I., Ly, C., Saponaro, P. J., Sherbondy, K. D., & Narayanan, R. M. (2018). Examination of radar imagery from recent data collections using the spectrally agile frequency-incrementing reconfigurable (SAFIRE) radar system. In A. Doerry, & K. I. Ranney (Eds.), Radar Sensor Technology XXII [106330M] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10633). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2307302
Phelan, Brian R. ; Ranney, Kenneth I. ; Ly, Canh ; Saponaro, Philip J. ; Sherbondy, Kelly D. ; Narayanan, Ram M. / Examination of radar imagery from recent data collections using the spectrally agile frequency-incrementing reconfigurable (SAFIRE) radar system. Radar Sensor Technology XXII. editor / Armin Doerry ; Kenneth I. Ranney. SPIE, 2018. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering).
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Phelan, BR, Ranney, KI, Ly, C, Saponaro, PJ, Sherbondy, KD & Narayanan, RM 2018, Examination of radar imagery from recent data collections using the spectrally agile frequency-incrementing reconfigurable (SAFIRE) radar system. in A Doerry & KI Ranney (eds), Radar Sensor Technology XXII., 106330M, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 10633, SPIE, Radar Sensor Technology XXII 2018, Orlando, United States, 4/16/18. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2307302

Examination of radar imagery from recent data collections using the spectrally agile frequency-incrementing reconfigurable (SAFIRE) radar system. / Phelan, Brian R.; Ranney, Kenneth I.; Ly, Canh; Saponaro, Philip J.; Sherbondy, Kelly D.; Narayanan, Ram M.

Radar Sensor Technology XXII. ed. / Armin Doerry; Kenneth I. Ranney. SPIE, 2018. 106330M (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10633).

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Phelan BR, Ranney KI, Ly C, Saponaro PJ, Sherbondy KD, Narayanan RM. Examination of radar imagery from recent data collections using the spectrally agile frequency-incrementing reconfigurable (SAFIRE) radar system. In Doerry A, Ranney KI, editors, Radar Sensor Technology XXII. SPIE. 2018. 106330M. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2307302