CHAPTER 16Radar Basics

Radar stands for Radio Detection and Ranging. It can be used to detect target range, direction, and motion. Radar was first widely used during World War II and has continually evolved since. Early radars were composed of analog circuits, but since the 1960s, radars have become increasingly digital. Today, radar systems contain some of the most sophisticated and powerful digital signal processing systems anywhere.

Radar has widespread use in both commercial and military applications. Air traffic control, mapping of ground contours, and automotive traffic enforcement are just a few civilian applications. Radar is ubiquitous in military applications being used in air defense systems, aircraft, missiles, ships, tanks, helicopters, ...

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