Localized optimization and effectiveness analysis of medium PRF airborne pulse Doppler radars in the Turkish Air Force
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The use of different pulse repetition frequencies (PRFs) delivers significantly different behaviors to airborne radars. For instance, the main purpose for using low PRF is to obtain an unambiguous range measurement. However, the tradeoff when using a low PRF is that the measurement of the target's radial velocity is highly ambiguous and can result in missing some target detections. On the other hand, high PRF is used to reduce or eliminate ambiguities in the measurement of radial velocity. A high PRF, however, causes a highly ambiguous range measurement. The true range is resolved by transmitting multiple waveforms with different PRFs. A modified form of pulse Doppler radar that operates at a medium PRF has both range and Doppler shift ambiguities. However, medium PRF is potentially better for detecting aircraft with low closing speeds than high PRF pulse Doppler. This thesis will focus on the effectiveness and localized optimization of medium PRF in airborne pulse Doppler radars, for the Turkish Air Force. This thesis will also present an analysis of medium PRF performance in a low altitude, air-to-air operating environment offering moderate range radar capability and also delivering acceptable range and Doppler resolution within that operating environment.
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