Test & Measurement

Radar signal generator adds to military test arsenal

11th February 2014
Mick Elliott

New from Link Microtek is a portable radar signal generator that is specifically designed for military applications in field or maritime environments, where it can be used for either testing radar receivers or training operators in object detection and recognition and electronic warfare. Manufactured by Ace Wavetech, the Multiple Radar Signal Simulator replicates real radar signal characteristics such as frequency, phase, pulse, modulation and scan type.

It incorporates a signal data library with up to 1024 entries and is capable of generating as many as 17 pulse signals per bank with a minimum power level of 15dBm. Receive bands are available in the range 0.5 to 40GHz and can be specified to suit customer requirements.

The simulator is supplied with Ace Wavetech’s RF Signal Parameter Management software, which provides an intuitive and clearly laid out graphical user interface for configuring the signal parameters.

Pulse type can be selected from CW, stable, jitter, stagger, dwell and switch, and random, with pulse widths ranging from 0.05 to 225µs and repetition intervals from 1µs to 1s. There are eleven different scan types available, including conical, track while scan, steady, circular, and lobe switching.

As well as being suitable for virtual missions, the unit is able to simulate the activity of search, acquisition and tracking radars and can also create scenarios such as signal level change at scheduled time, antenna pattern measurement, and DF test using amplitude and angle of the antenna.

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