Digital Array Radar for Ballistic Missile Defense and Counter-Stealth Systems Analysis and Parameter Tradeoff Study
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
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United States Navy USN sources indicate a need for long-range shipboard radar for the Ballistic Missile Defense BMD program to augment and expand the USNs current capabilities. The Naval Postgraduate School NPS conducted a study on radar architecture research based on a digital Opportunistic Array OA integrated into a ships hull. Our research defined the operational and technical requirements for the system, called the Digital Array Radar for BMD and Counter-stealth DARBC. Initial analysis included characterization of the threat and definition of the Concept of Operations CONOPS. Basic operational Key Performance Parameters KPPs were defined. Based on a notional ballistic missile Radar Cross Section RCS, a radar technical parameters study derived the technical requirements for the radar necessary to meet the KPPs. Related research topics included radar parameter sensitivity, cooling, search pattern options, Electronic Attack EA, ship flexure, topside array layout, supportability, and cost. Finally, reaction time modeling was conducted to quantify the increase in search volume and decision making time using the DARBC.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment