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A High-Level MultiFunction Radar Simulation for Studying the Performance of MultiSensor Data Fusion Systems

Author: Huizing, A.G. · Bossee, E.
Publisher: SPIE
Place: Bellingham, WA.
Institution: TNO Fysisch en Elektronisch Laboratorium
Source:Kadar, I., SPIE Proceedings - Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VII, 13-15 April 1998, Orlando, FL, 129-138
Proceedings of SPIE
Identifier: 95079
doi: doi:10.1117/12.327128
Keywords: Physics · Multifunction radar · Sensor fusion · Sensor integration · Simulation · Algorithms · Computer simulation · Environmental impact · Marine missiles · Marine radar · Multifunction radar (MFR)


This paper presents the basic requirements for a simulation of the main capabilities of a shipborne MultiFunction Radar (MFR) that can be used in conjunction with other sensor simulations in scenarios for studying Multi Sensor Data Fusion (MSDF) systems. This simulation is being used to support an ongoing joint effort (Canada- The Netherlands) in the development of MSDF testbeds. This joint effort is referred as Joint-FACET (Fusion Algorithms & Concepts Exploration Testbed), a highly modular and flexible series of applications that is capable of processing both real and synthetic input data. The question raised here is how realistic should the sensor simulations be to trust the MSDF performance assessment? A partial answer to this question is that at least, the dominant perturbing effects on sensor detection (true or false) are sufficiently represented. Following this philosophy, the MFR model, presented here, takes into account sensor's design parameters and external environmental effects such as clutter, propagation and jamming. Previous radar simulations capture most of these dominant effects. In this paper the emphasis is on an MFR scheduler which is the key element that needs to be added to the previous simulations to represent the MFR capability to search and track a large number of targets and at the same time support a large number of (semi-active) surface-to-air missiles (SAM) for the engagement of multiple hostile targets.