Date of Award
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phillip M. Corbell, PhD.
Phased arrays are essential to airborne ground moving target indication (GMTI), as they measure the spatial angle-of-arrival of the target, clutter, and interference signals. The spatial and Doppler (temporal) frequency is utilized by space-time adaptive processing (STAP) to separate and filter out the interference from the moving target returns. Achieving acceptable airborne GMTI performance often requires fairly large arrays, but the size, weight and power (SWAP) requirements, cost and complexity considerations often result in the use of subarrays. This yields an acceptable balance between cost and performance while lowering the system’s robustness to interference. This thesis proposes the use of knowledge aided adaptive radar to institute adaptive subarray nulling in concert with digital space-time adaptive processing to improve performance in the presence of substantial interference. This research expands previous work which analyzed a clutter-free airborne moving-target indication (AMTI) application of knowledge-aided subarray pattern synthesis (KASPS)  and updates this previous research by applying the same concept to the GMTI application with clutter and STAP.
DTIC Accession Number
Yoon, Yongjun, "Mitigating Interference with Knowledge-Aided Subarray Pattern Synthesis and Space Time Adaptive Processing" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 1831.