Evaluation of the Multifunction Phased Array Radar Planning by National Academies

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The Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) is one in all probability not pricey strategy to meet the surveillance wishes and of numerous enterprises at present utilizing decades-old radar networks. those organisations together with the nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric management s (NOAA) nationwide climate provider (NWS), the Federal Aviation management (FAA), the dept of safety (DOD) and the dep. of place of origin safeguard (DHS) have many and sundry requisites and attainable purposes of contemporary radar know-how. This e-book analyzes what's missing within the present procedure, the proper features of phased array know-how, technical demanding situations, price matters, and compares attainable choices. either particular and overarching thoughts are defined.

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The potential introduction of MPAR presents an opportunity to combine the diverse radar missions of weather surveillance, civil aircraft tracking and possibly homeland defense against airborne threats on a single1 standardized advanced technology platform. Implementation of an MPAR system to provide multiple functions could obviate, or at least diminish, the need for separate radar systems to support the individual functions. This could permit reduction in the total number of different radar types and radar units required to meet the nation’s coverage goals for weather and aircraft surveillance.

2006). For example, the WSR-88D weather radar system provides essentially similar data about all weather within its surveillance domain with a fixed update rate dependent upon the antenna scan program. A phased array radar would 24 EVALUATION OF THE MPAR PLANNING PROCESS provide an adaptive scanning capability that could be directed to devote more time (and hence provide more accurate data) to more threatening weather locations, or vary the update rate according to the degree of perceived threat.

Integration of more functions onto the same chip lowers cost and increases reliability because fewer high-cost Radio Frequency (RF) interconnects are needed on surface-mounted chips. • New semiconductor materials provide much higher efficiency, allowing low-cost air cooling for heat dissipation, rather than complex, high-cost liquid cooling. • Component manufacturers look to exploit dual use (same components for military and civil applications) as key to affordability. MPAR Alternative Configurations • Weather will be the principal radar resource driver in any multifunction phased array system of the future.

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