Due to the rapidly changing electromagnetic battlespace, radar systems are undergoing considerable technology disruption and need to address new challenges such as drone localization. Active electronically scanned arrays, ultra-wideband technology, and cognitive radar systems present new design and test challenges for even the most experienced organizations.
Rapidly Prototype Radar Waveforms and Architectures
Threats and countermeasures continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Today, radars must track agile, hypersonic weapons, resolve swarms of drones, and detect low-RCS aircraft. Radar system developers are expected to prototype new concepts quickly, such as cognitive techniques or fully digital beamforming, to counteract emerging threats, increase performance and capability, and assure operation in contested EM environments. COTS software defined radios (SDRs) with an integrated software workflow accelerate the transition from concept to testbed to deployed system.
Validate the Performance of Modern Radar Systems
Parametric and component-level testing isn’t enough to adequately test modern radar systems. Advanced radar architectures and trends toward RF sensor convergence and cognitive radar necessitate system-level testing with modeling and simulation of the surrounding environment. Radar target generators built on COTS I/O and FPGA-based signal processing greatly reduce the risk of radar systems failing while remaining adaptable to new threats.