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ELEC60031 Principles of Classical and Modern Radar Systems

Lecturer(s): Prof Athanassios Manikas


The aim of the course is to give to our 3rd year students, with little or no previous knowledge of radar systems but a solid academic knowledge in Comms-1 and Comms-2 core electrical engineering courses, a broad but not complete understanding of radar systems, subsystem, waveforms and defence/security-plus-civilian applications. This may be followed by a more advanced Radar course for the EEE/ISE 4th year students

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes :
• To use the radar equations
• To apply the radar theory to classify the various radar architectures and rate their performance
• To analyse and design the transmitter and receiver of any type of radar system.
• To design radar waveforms and system architectures aiming at improving the solutions of the detection, estimation, tracking and classification of various types of targets/objects/signals in the presence of noise, clutter and interference


With the deployment of 5G, a radar revolution is also underway with many emerging applications beyond the “defence” and “security” domains/industries. Collision avoidance systems in self-driving cars, remote piloted civilian drones, emerging AgTech (Technology in Agriculture), robotics and industry automation, biomedical applications and remote sensing, are few examples of radar emerging application areas for detection, parameter estimation, localisation, tracking and classification of "objects". This course will provide the fundamentals of classical long-range radar but also the new frontiers of short-range radar (both "passive" and "active") for many anticipated "civilian" applications.

1. Classification of Radar Systems; Basics of Radar Architectures; Radar Equations, Waveforms, and Applications; Radar Cross Section of Targets; Applications.

2. CW, FM Radar; MTI and Pulse Radar; Monostatic, Bi-static and Multi-static Radar architectures and principles; Doppler Effects, Range and Doppler Measurement; Biologically inspired Radar waveform design; Cognitive Radar; Airborne Radar;

3. Detection, Estimation, Localisation, Tracking and Classification of Radar signals/targets/objects in the presence of Noise and Clutter.

4. Phased Array Radar, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), SIMO Radar and MIMO Radar: Basic Concepts, Applications, Advantages and Limitations.

5. Civilian Applications; Defence, Security and Electronic Warfare Applications.
Exam Duration: N/A
Coursework contribution: 100%

Term: Spring

Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): N/A

Coursework Requirement:
         Coursework only module

Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): N/A

Prerequisite module(s): None required

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