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Radar Based Non-Cooperative Target Recognition (NCTR) in the Low Airspace and Complex Surface Environments

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[Technical Report, Summary Report]

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NATO Science and Technology Organization

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Anticipating ever increasing issues posed by the usage of Class I UAVs in conflict theaters and civilian environments, a wide range of counter unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs radar has been developed over the last years. Common to all of these systems, with the need to detect small and slow targets and potentially within complex environments, is the implementation of lower detection thresholds than conventional airspace surveillance radar. As a result, their capacity to detect small UAVs is indeed improved but it comes along with higher false alarm rates. False alarm regulation becomes then the main concern of all counter UAV radar designers. As proposed and tested in the previous phase by SET-180 Research Task Group RTG, implementation in the radar signal processing of classification and Non Cooperative Target Recognition NCTR techniques constitute both promising approaches to mitigate this issue.

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  • Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
  • Radar Countermeasures
  • Pilotless Aircraft

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[A, Approved For Public Release]