Accession Number:

ADA279526

Title:

AN/APS-137 Forward Looking Airborne Radar (FLAR) Evaluation Fall 1992 Experiment

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. May 1991-Oct 1992

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT

Report Date:

1994-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

136.0

Abstract:

During April 1992 and SeptemberOctober 1992, the U.S. Coast Guard RD Center conducted experiments to determine the sweep width for the ANAPS-137 Forward Looking Airborne Radar FLAR when searching for 4-, 6- and 10-person life rafts and small recreational boats. Workboats used to deploy the life rafts during the Fall 1992 experiment were used as targets of opportunity. The experiments were conducted in the coastal waters off the west coast of Florida from Wacussa Bay to Gasparilla Island and on Lake Erie. Realistic radar searches to collect data used unalerted sensor operators and standard search patterns for small waterborne targets. Aircraft and target positions were recorded using a Differential Global Positioning System DGPS. Target detections were recorded by observers and by computers onboard the aircraft. Environmental conditions were recorded by observers on the workboats. In addition, MINIMETTM environmental buoys recorded the sea and wind conditions in the search areas. Environmental conditions represented in the data set included 1.0- to 3.6-foot significant sea heights and 2.9- to 15.2-knot winds. Search and rescue, Forward looking airborne radar, Radar, Inverse synthetic aperture radar, Sweep width, Search, Life raft, Small boat.

Subject Categories:

  • Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE