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Ku-band retrodirective radar for ballistic projectile detection and tracking

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3 Author(s)
E. R. Brown ; Physical Domains, LLC, Glendale, CA 91214, USA ; E. B. Brown ; A. Hartenstein

A Ku-band radar has been developed for detection and tracking of sniper rifle bullets and other ballistic projectiles. The radar utilizes a novel retrodirective architecture based on separate 8-element receive and transmit antenna arrays. A pseudorandom noise waveform provides for precise ranging and high processing gain. Digital filtering allows for discrimination of high-velocity bullets and small supersonic projectiles up to at least 1700 ft/s, as demonstrated experimentally in field tests.

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2009 IEEE Radar Conference

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4-8 May 2009