Radar and Measurement Technology

Radar Threat Simulator

The Radar Threat Simulator (RTS) is a "smart" simulation test and evaluation system used to generate realistic threat radar waveforms. The RTS has several configurations and has been used in a variety of applications including laboratory-based modeling and simulation, threat emulation, high-powered ground-based anti-aircraft threat emitters, and an airborne pod configuration for simulating anti-ship cruise missiles.

The RTS is an open architecture radar design based on the SPC MkVe radar system with all the inherent MkVe capabilities available for integration. Different waveforms can be generated on a pulse-to-pulse basis allowing the RTS to achieve maximum flexibility.

The RTS provides realistic training for shipboard electronic warfare (EW) personnel and systems. The RTS provides realistic missile seeker emissions to evaluate the operation of RF decoys and other EW systems; and provides a cost-effective in-house test, training, and validation capability.

  • Operation in both I- and J-frequency bands (requires changeover of some radar subsystem hardware)
  • Very high Effective Radiated Power (ERP) with a high system dynamic range
  • Automatic or manual target designation
  • Variable pulse widths, pulse repetition frequencies, tracking gate widths and search patterns
  • PRF jitter, stagger, and frequency agility
  • Tracking in range, azimuth, and elevation (optional)
  • Data acquisition rates of up to 5 Mbytes per second
  • Removable data storage capability of up to 14 Gbytes per storage medium
  • Intuitive graphical user interface with custom tracking performance indicators and a live video window of target area

Laboratory Configuration: In a laboratory configuration, the RTS has been used to generate realistic threat radar waveforms that are injected directly into the customer's Electronic Counter Counter Measures (ECCM) modeling software.

Airborne Configuration: For the airborne configuration, some components of the RTS system are mounted in the aircraft and some components are mounted in an external pod. The aircraft simulates missile flight profiles, and the RTS simulates threat radar seeker waveforms. The RTS can vary threat radar waveforms on a pulse-to-pulse basis. The RTS Airborne system can simulate a number of different missile types by varying parameters such as pulse width, pulse repetition frequency, gate size, and detection criteria.

Ground-based Configuration: In the ground-based configuration, the RTS is used to simulate anti-aircraft search and tracking radars on Air Combat Maneuvering test ranges. The RTS is mounted on a mobile platform that can be easily repositioned. The RTS generates high-powered threat radar waveforms, which can vary from 2 to 18 Ghz on a pulse-to-pulse basis.

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