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Radar Systems Analysis and Design Using MATLAB Third Edition, 3rd Edition by Bassem R. Mahafza

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Chapter 9

Radar Clutter

9.1. Clutter Definition

Clutter is a term used to describe any object that may generate unwanted radar returns that may interfere with normal radar operations. Parasitic returns that enter the radar through the antenna's mainlobe are called mainlobe clutter; otherwise they are called sidelobe clutter. Clutter can be classified into two main categories: surface clutter and airborne or volume clutter. Surface clutter includes trees, vegetation, ground terrain, man-made structures, and sea surface (sea clutter). Volume clutter normally has a large extent (size) and includes chaff, rain, birds, and insects. Surface clutter changes from one area to another, while volume clutter may be more predictable.

Clutter echoes are random ...

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