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Shipboard Radar Signal Processing Theory and Operations

This four-day course covers the full range of design and in-service support to radar signal processor systems, focusing on ship and shore stations installation. The training provides participants with a firm understanding of signal processors that are in-service and under development.

This group training program is offered in a commercial off-the-shelf format. It can also be tailored to fit an organization's needs by selecting from the topics listed below and adding additional topics as needed to meet business goals. The instructional techniques used in this course are lecture, discussion, and group exercises to enable participants to apply the principles learned to real-life issues encountered in radar applications.


Participants will learn to:

  • List basic terminology, principles and concepts related to the radar system and operation
  • Describe theory and operation of a simple radar including radar range equation, waveform design, Doppler effect, resolution, coverage and multipath
  • Explain the fundamentals of how radar detection works
  • Understand the principles of adaptive beam formation, clutter determination, signal analysis, and Doppler/wideband processing
  • Apply newer backend processing methodologies and procedures
  • Assess measurement accuracy, error, and calibration methods


  • Overview
    • History of radar systems
  • Theory and operation
    • Terminology, principles and concepts
    • Theory of operation, including radar range equation, waveform design, Doppler effect, resolution, coverage and multipath
  • Radar detection fundamentals
    • How a radar detects an object
    • Friend or foe determination
  • Adaptive digital beam forming
    • Digital beam forming fundamentals
    • Adaptive jammer cancellation
    • Adaptive beam former architectures
    • Wideband cancellation
  • Clutter discrimination
    • Eliminating clutter in your signal beam
    • Resolving problems in your side-lobes
  • Signal analysis
    • Processing a signal
    • Transmitting and receiving signals
  • Doppler and wideband processing
    • Phased array technology and Doppler signal processing
    • Wideband processors and how they work
    • Processing signals that can operate under a wide signal band
  • Newer backend processing:
    • Server systems and networks troubleshooting and usage
    • Special tools, fixtures and test equipment
    • Maintaining a troubleshooting network
  • Measurement accuracy, error and calibration methods
    • Special tools, fixtures and test equipment
    • Calibration

Who should attend

The course is intended for engineers, technicians, managers, and logistics/support personnel. Participants are assumed to have some experience and/or knowledge of modern radar signal processing systems, but the course is suitable for those without knowledge.


David Shostak