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Interference suppression by using space-time adaptive processing for airborne radar

Eryiğit, Özgür
Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) is an effective method in Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) operation of airborne radars. Clutter suppression is the key to successful MTI operation. Airborne radars are different than the ground based ones in regard to clutter due to the displacement of the platform during operation. When STAP methods are to be investigated, one needs to have accurate signal models while evaluating performance. In this thesis, a comprehensive received signal model is developed first for an airborne antenna array. The impacts of the aircraft motion and irregularities in it, aircraft displacement during reception, intrinsic clutter motion and radar parameters have been accounted in the model and incorporated into a simulator environment. To verify the correctness of the signal simulator, the classical DPCA approach and optimum STAP methods are inspected.