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Knowledge-Aided STAP Processing for Ground Moving Target Indication Radar Using Multilook Data

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20062006:074838

  • Received: 7 November 2004
  • Accepted: 8 March 2005
  • Published:


Knowledge-aided space-time adaptive processing (KASTAP) using multiple coherent processing interval (CPI) radar data is described. The approach is based on forming earth-based clutter reflectivity maps to provide improved knowledge of clutter statistics in nonhomogeneous terrain environments. The maps are utilized to calculate predicted clutter covariance matrices as a function of range. Using a data set provided under the DARPA knowledge-aided sensor signal processing and expert reasoning (KASSPER) Program, predicted distributed clutter statistics are compared to measured statistics to verify the accuracy of the approach. Robust STAP weight vectors are calculated using a technique that combines covariance tapering, adaptive estimation of gain and phase corrections, knowledge-aided prewhitening, and eigenvalue rescaling. Techniques to suppress large discrete returns, expected in urban areas, are also described. Several performance metrics are presented, including signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) loss, target detections and false alarms, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, and tracking performance. The results show more than an order of magnitude reduction in false alarm density when compared to standard STAP processing.


  • Radar
  • False Alarm
  • Tracking Performance
  • Radar Data
  • Phase Correction

Authors’ Affiliations

BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies, 6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, 01803, USA


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© D. Page and G. Owirka. 2006

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