By George W. Stimson
The thoroughly rewritten and revised moment variation updates a recognized paintings initially released through the Hughes plane corporation. even more than an easy advent, the ebook is basically a historical past, reference, tech handbook, and textbook rolled into one appealing illustrated quantity, full of complete colour images, drawings, tables and charts, plus a professional, informative text.Twelve new chapters conceal all of the refined stealth radar innovations. Over ninety% of the illustrations are in colour because the ebook describes over a dozen airborne radar platforms at the moment in provider, from long-range surveillance to environmental tracking. the 1st 3 chapters can be utilized as a stand-alone briefing on sleek radar for readers who want a quickly advent.
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The simplest beacon—called a transponder—consists of a receiver, a low-power transmitter, and an omnidirectional antenna (Fig. 4). The transponder receives the pulses of any radar whose antenna beam sweeps over it and transmits “reply” pulses on a different frequency. Even 36 CHAPTER 3 Representative Applications though low powered, the replies are much stronger than the radar’s echoes. And since their frequency is different from the radar’s, they are not accompanied by clutter, but stand out clearly on the radar display.
ATRBS transponders are carried on all but the smallest private aircraft. An ATRBS interrogator operates in conjunction with the air traffic control radar at every major airport. The interrogator’s monopulse antenna is mounted atop the radar antenna, hence scans with it (Fig. 6), and the interrogator’s pulses are synchronized with the radar’s. Consequently, the operator can interrogate an incoming aircraft simply by touching its “blip” on the radar display with a light pen. Ordinarily the interrogator uses only two of several possible codes.
It takes advantage of the unique characteristics of the echoes received from various aircraft to identify radar targets by type. Another technique (Fig. 21) involves providing sufficiently fine range resolution that targets may be identified by their 1-D range profiles. Going a step further, by employing ISAR imaging, 2-D profiles may be provided. Fire Control. Depending upon a target’s range, the pilot may attack it with either the aircraft’s guns or its guided missiles. For firing guns, a selection of close-in combat modes may be provided in which the radar automatically locks onto the target in a single-target tracking mode and continuously supplies its range, range rate, angle, and angular rate to the aircraft’s fire-control computer.