Adaptive Radar Detection Approaches for Low-RCS Maritime Vessels in Highly Variable Clutter Conditions
Navy SBIR FY2014.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2014.1
Topic No.: N141-067
Topic Title: Adaptive Radar Detection Approaches for Low-RCS Maritime Vessels in Highly Variable Clutter Conditions
Proposal No.: N141-067-0898
Firm: Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607
Winnetka, California 91396-2607
Contact: Andrew Harey
Phone: (818) 885-2200
Web Site: www.arete.com
Abstract: Areté Associates proposes a Phase I effort to develop a radar mode that leverages a long coherent integration times to improve the detection of small boat targets in maritime environments up to sea state 4. The overall objective of this SBIR project is to then integrate these techniques and necessary algorithms into an end-to-end radar system signal processing system. The Phase I base effort will focus on demonstrating the basic concept of non-coherent state estimation to aid in coherent reprocessing. Successful demonstration of these concepts in the base effort will lead to their refinement in the option phase, in anticipation of inclusion in an operational system.
Benefits: Technologies developed from this study would aid in the overarching capability to detect, track and classify small boats in a multi-mode radar collection paradigm. The primary market for this technology is the U.S. Navy, specifically NAVAIR targeting their development of advanced maritime capabilities for the Telephonics-designed AN/ZPY-4 on the MQ-8 Firescout and the AN/APS-153 for the MH-60R Seahawk. A successful Phase I effort may also be used as the basis for additional radar processing technology advances. The technology advanced under this effort would be directly applicable to the problem of periscope detection in maritime radar.

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