Cognitive Radar Network: Cooperative Adaptive Beamsteering for Integrated Search-and-Track Application
Romero, Ric A.
Goodman, Nathan A.
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Cognitive radar (CR) is a paradigm shift from a traditional radar system in that previous knowledge and current measurements obtained from the radar channel are used to form a probabilistic understanding of its environment. Moreover, CR incorporates this probabilistic knowledge into its task priorities to form illumination and probing strategies, thereby rendering it a closed-loop system. Depending on the hardware’s capabilities and limitations, there are various degrees of freedom that a CR may utilize. Here we concentrate on spatial illumination as a resource, where adaptive beamsteering is used for search-and-track functions. We propose a multiplatform cognitive radar network (CRN) for integrated search-and-track application. Specifically, two radars cooperate in forming a dynamic spatial illumination strategy, where beamsteering is matched to the channel uncertainty to perform the search function. Once a target is detected and a track is initiated, track information is integrated into the beamsteering strategy as part of CR’s task prioritization.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.0018-9251/13/
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