Airborne Early Warning System Concepts
Edition: 3

Paper: 978 1 891121 32 6 / $115.00
Published: December 2004  

Publisher: SciTech Publishing
7" x 10"
Supported by 202 equations and 170 illustrations, Airborne Early Warning System Concepts is an invaluable reference tool for a wide audience.

It will be a welcome library addition for the engineer, scientist, system integrator, user, designer, or manager with interest in AEW concepts. It is also suitable for students and professors of electrical and system engineering or military science.

Key Features
Airborne Early Warning Concepts provides broad coverage of AEW system concepts and enabling technologies, including:

* The development of AEW, with photographs of early and modern AEW aircraft
* Missions and system requirements
* Fixed wing aircraft, aerostat and airship systems
* Antenna/aircraft configurations
* Radar surveillance and height finding
* Example AEW systems
* Automatic Tracking
* Noncooperative target recognition (NCTR)

This comprehensive discussion of airborne early warning (AEW) system concepts encompasses a wide range of issues, including capabilities and limitations, developmetal trends and opportunities for improvement.

Consisting of contributions from experts in the field, the book is presented at varying levels of complexity, ranging from elementary to advanced. For the generalist, the text provides a fundamental understanding of the status of AEW concepts with the use of only elementary mathematics. For the specialist, there are separate chapters that emphasize key AEW radar issues, including such topics as:

* Aircraft effects on sidelobe clutter
* Clutter and target models for AEW
* Radar parameter selection
* Clutter, false alarm, and target direction statistics
* Algorithms for multiple target tracking
* Target recognition system development

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction
AEW History

Chapter 2: Operational Requirements-an AEW Controller Viewpoint (R. Chamberlain, Lockheed Sanders)
Trends in AEW System Development
AEW Mission Descriptions
AEW System Requirements
Platform Requirements
Basing Requirements
Crew Size and Functions

Chapter 3: AEW Platforms (C. F. Klusmann, Westinghouse Electric Corp.)
Platform Options
General Configuration
Power Requirments
Miscellaneous Systems
Future Requirements

Chapter 4: Radar Basics (H. A. Corriher, Jr.)
Antenna Pattern and Beam Shapes
Radar Range Equation
Simple Resolution
Radar Cross Section
Atmospheric Propagation
Multipath Propagation
Range and Angle Tracking
Radar and ECM Frequency Bands

Chapter 5: Radar Targets, Clutter, and Detection (Maurice W. Long)
RCS of Targets
RCS of Land and Sea
Volume Clutter
Target Fluctuations
Statistical Target Models
Clutter Fluctuations
Clutter Statistics
Target Detection in the Presence of Noise

Chapter 6: AEW Radar Concepts (Maurice W. Long)
Basics of Airborne Doppler Radar
Selected Subsystems
AMTI and Pulse-Doppler Waveforms and Processing
Clutter and Requirements for Suppression
Effects of Antenna Size and Frequency on S/N
Choice of Radar Band
Technology Issues

Chapter 7: Automatic Target Tracking (Phil West, Georgia Tech Research Institute)
The Role of Tracking in AEW
Tracking and Filtering
Tracking Techniques for Single Targets
Multiple-Target Tracking Techniques
Track Processor Hardware Requirements
Summary and Open Research Areas

Chapter 8: Special Radar Issues (W. P. Allen, Maurice W. Long, D. G. Bodnar)
Aircraft Interference Effects on AEW Antenna Patterns
Aperture Distributions for Low Sidelobes
Radar Height Finding

Chapter 9: Adjunct Sensors and Mission Support Systems (J. P. Driscoll, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co.)
Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF)Electronic Support Measures (ESM)
Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I)
Infrared (IR) Sensors

Chapter 10: Example AEW Electronic Systems (J. Laden, Lockheed Missile and Space Co.) Introduction
Modern AEW Systems
Phased-Array AEW Radars
Other Possible AEW Configurations

Chapter 11: Aerostat Radar Systems (L. W. Mertens, Suntech, Inc.)
Advantages of Aerostat Platforms
Aerostat Systems
Aerostat Performance
Surveillance Coverage
Types of Aerostat Radars
Clutter Rejection
Metric Accuracy
Command and Data Links

Chapter 12: Target Recognition in Airborne Early Warning Systems (Marvin N. Cohen, Consultant)
RF Observables
Parameter Utilization
Recognition System Development and Implementation
Fusion for Recognition

Appendix A: Basics of Statistics
Appendix B: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols
Appendix C: Constants and Conversion Units