A Transformation in Radar Technology

August 2013
Many organizations pursued bistatic/multistatic ground-moving target indications radar, but none achieved an operationally viable implementation until MITRE developed a system that marks a breakthrough in size and cost with no loss in effectiveness.

During the last few years, MITRE solved a long-standing problem in bistatic/multistatic ground-moving target indications (GMTI) radar. Many organizations pursued the concepts behind bistatic radar for decades, but none had achieved an operationally viable implementation for ground surveillance until now. Using an algorithmic approach, our team developed a system that marks a breakthrough in size and cost with no loss in effectiveness.

The team's system begins with two relatively simple devices—each only one cubic-foot in size, weighing 20 pounds, with a $150 antenna. Using the MITRE signal processing algorithms, they work in concert to generate pristine GMTI data for a fraction of the cost of existing systems.

After the team validated its approach, the Department of Defense's Joint IED Defeat Organization supported the rapid development of system prototypes and deployed them in Afghanistan, where they currently provide a significant operational capability. We are now transitioning the technology to the Army, which is procuring and building multiple systems.

We're also working with other sponsors to help them adapt the technology for their specific needs.

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