Minefield Overwatch Using Moving Target Indicator Radar

March 1999
Anthony Donadio, The MITRE Corporation
Robert Ewing, The MITRE Corporation
William Kenneally, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. John J. SantaPietro, The MITRE Corporation
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Traditional antipersonnel (AP) land mines are an effective military tool, but they are unable to distinguish friend from foe, or civilian from military personnel. The concept described here uses an advanced moving target indicator (MTI) radar to scan the minefield in order to detect movement towards or within the minefield, coupled with visual identification by a human operator and a communication link for command and control. Selected mines in the minefield can then be activated by means of the command link. In order to demonstrate this concept, a three dimensional, interactive simulation has been developed. This simulation builds on previous work by integrating a detailed analytical model of an MTI radar. This model has been tailored to the specific application of detection of slowly moving dismounted entities immersed in ground clutter. The model incorporates the effects of internal scatterer motion and antenna scanning modulation in order to provide a realistic representation of the detection problem in this environment. The angle information on the MTI target detections is then passed to a virtual three dimensional sight which cues a human operator to the target location. In addition, radar propagation effects and an experimental design in which the radar itself is used as a command link are explored.

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