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Adaptable waveform design for radar and jammer for multitarget using game theoretic strategies
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing volume 2022, Article number: 99 (2022)
Abstract
In the environment of electronic warfare, the countermeasure between radar and jammer has become a hot issue. Finding the solution to optimal waveforms between them is very great significance. Aiming at the problem of multitarget detection in clutter environment, the authors propose the waveform optimization method based on signaltointerferenceplusnoise ratio (SINR) criterion for radar and jammer, respectively. When radar is the dominant player, the maxmin strategy is used to establish the optimization model to optimize the radar transmission waveform. When jammer is the dominant player, the minmax strategy is used to establish the optimization model to optimize the jammer waveform. When dealing with random multitarget, the authors also propose an adaptive weight method to solve the problem of summation of weighted multiple targets. Then, an improved method combined with Jensen’s inequality for radar and jammer is proposed, respectively, which could improve the detection performance of the radar system and reduce the computational complexity of maximum SINRbased method. The simulation results show that the proposed maximum SINRbased methods could adaptively allocate the transmission energy to improve the performance of the radar. The energy allocation of radar and jammer is slightly different under maxmin strategy and minmax strategy. The proposed improved methods could output the higher SINR than the maximum SINRbased methods. Both of the proposed methods could improve the performance of radar detecting targets.
Introduction
Cognitive radar (CR) is a new concept for the operation of radar systems. It can adaptively adjust the radar transmission waveform according to the prior information such as environment, which greatly improves the performance of radar system [1,2,3]. Bell [4] first proposed a waterfilling method combining with information theory, which provides a new idea for waveform optimization. Two waveform design problems of deterministic target impulse response and random target impulse response were proposed and solved. Based on the waterfilling method, matched signal design in the presence of clutter and noise has been treated in [5, 6], respectively. Moreover, they also summarized the main theoretical content of matched waveform design and derived the optimal waveforms based on SINR criterion and mutual information (MI) criterion in detail. In [7,8,9], the optimal waveforms of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) signal were designed according to the MI criterion for random extended target. The solution to waveforms was found by an iterative algorithm, and a good target recognition effect was obtained. The proposed adaptive structure uses the reflected interference to design OFDM signal. Improved Kalman particle filtering algorithms were proposed in [10, 11] for target tracking and target estimation. The proposed Kalman filterbased method could optimize the transmission waveform directly and improve the radar estimation performance. The improved algorithm was proposed on the basis of the target feature expression model and the target probability model. As for the angular uncertainty for rangeextended targets, [12] introduced the static multimodel approach and the exponential correlation model and then derived the optimization waveform based on MI, which improve the performance of target recognition.
For the target detection, a joint optimization approach to transmission waveform and receiver filter for cognitive radar was proposed in [13]. The signal processing model in [13] is modeled in Fourier domain rather than in the time domain, which greatly decreases the computing complexity. In addition, Xiong Naixue [14,15,16] has studied the problems of target location. A diffusion Gauss–Newton (GN) algorithm for rangebased target localization was proposed in [14], and it balanced the unbalance noise distribution over the wireless sensor networks. As for the treatment of noise, [15] was embedded with a noise evidence filter in fuzzy probability Bayesian network, and the filter reduces the impact caused by system faults. In automatic identification system (AIS) network [16], an improved densitybased spatial clustering of applications with noise algorithm was proposed, and the proposed algorithm has high accuracy and a good clustering performance for trajectory data mining. In addition, as for moving target detection [17, 18], Anthony Martone proposed a spectrum sharing technology to waveform design for target detection. Satyabrata Sen proposed a spacetime adaptive processing (STAP) algorithm using an OFDM signal, and thus, the signal increases the frequency diversity of the system and improves the performance of target detection. In [19], the authors presented the algorithm to optimize the radar transmission waveform using the detection probability as the performance parameter. It solved the objective function in combination with Jensen’s inequality. Aiming at the problem of hypothesis testing in radar detecting target, Danilo Orlando [20,21,22,23] designed several detectors for radar system. The generalized likelihood ratio test (GLRT) detector could evaluate the direction of arrival of target, and the derived finitesum expression based on GLRT could realize the performance evaluation of radar system. Adaptive GLRT detector solved the problem of anomaly detection in hyperspectral imagery. For the problem of hypothesis testing under multiple alternative hypotheses in radar system, [21] proposed a decision framework relying on the Kullback–Leibler information criterion, which provided a theoretical solution for GLRT dealing with multiple alternative hypotheses. On the basis of [21, 22] analyzed the practical problems of real aperture radar and synthetic aperture radar, such as radar detecting rangespread targets with unknown location information and multiple pointlike targets with unknown number and so on. [24,25,26] combined expectation–maximization algorithm with cyclic estimation procedures to deal with the problem of clutter return clustering. Besides, the expectation–maximization algorithm realized target detection in heterogeneous Gaussian environments and reduced the energy loss in the detection process, and the cyclic estimation procedures solved the problem of radar system detecting noiselike jammers (NLJ). Different from the previous monostatic radar system, Kay [27] designed the optimal transmission signal for multistatic radar with the derived Neyman–Pearson criterion, and the author proposed the maximum marginal allocation algorithm which is guaranteed to maximize the divergence and is easy to implement. In the condition of uncertainty on the knowledge of the noise or clutter environment, Rossetti et al. [28,29,30] proposed robust waveform design approaches for multistatic cognitive radars, and the proposed approaches could achieve the desired performance of radar system. In the actual environment, we need to consider the uncertainties of some parameters, because the characteristics of parameters cannot be accurately evaluated by radar system. Based on the consideration above, Akcakaya et al. [31,32,33] proposed proper methods for target detection in uncertain environments. The proposed datadriven method could adaptively update the detection algorithm with the changed environment and could improve the performance of detection. The proposed robust constant false alarm rate (CFAR) method could be applied to different clutter conditions such as sea clutter. In view of the error in the estimation of the target impulse response in the actual environment, [34] designed the robust transmission waveform and receiving filter banks in the deterministic model and random model.
The researches on waveform optimization above do not take into account the existence of jammer. The influence of jammer is difficult to be eliminated in the actual battlefield environment. Besides, all the above studies are based on the single target assumption; however, the multitarget situation is also common in practice. Based on the above problems, this paper mainly studies the optimal transmission waveform design in radar and jammer game for multiple targets. It takes SINR as the optimization criterion to design transmission waveform of radar and jammer, respectively. Radar and jammer are like a pair of game opponents. When radar is dominant, we adopt maxmin strategy to establish the optimization model to design the radar transmission waveform. When jammer is dominant, the minmax strategy is used to establish the optimization model to design the jammer waveform. The twoorder Lagrange multiplier method is adopted to solve optimization models to obtain the maximum SINRbased waveforms and improved maximum SINRbased waveforms.
The main innovations of our work can be described as follows:

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The maximum SINRbased waveform design approach in radar and jammer is proposed for multiple targets. Based on the target characteristics obtained, the optimal radar transmission waveform and jamming waveform under the maxmin and minmax strategies are designed.

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We also develop an improved approach, which combines maximum SINRbased waveform design approach with Jensen’s inequality for multiple targets. We derive a strict lower bound of SINR and optimize the improved waveform by taking the lower bound as objective function. The improved approach could improve the performance of radar and jammer on the basis of maximum SINRbased waveform performance.

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We propose an adaptive weight method to solve the problems of summations of weighted multiple targets in the maximum SINRbased waveform design approach and the improved maximum SINRbased waveform design approach.
This paper is organized as follows. We give more work related with radar and jammer in Sect. 2. In Sect. 3, the signal models for multitarget are presented and the output SINR is derived. Maximum SINRbased waveform design method and improved SINRbased waveform design method are also proposed. In Sect. 4, we discuss the simulation results and the final conclusions and the future work are drawn in Sect. 5.
Notations: Throughout this paper, the time domain signals are represented by lowercase letters, the frequency domain signals are represented by uppercase letters, and all signals are represented by no vectors or matrices.
The related work
There are some other work which considers the existence of jammer. In view of the existence of interference, Wang Yuxi et al. [35] designed the transmission waveform in the electronic warfare environment and proposed three different countermeasure models: smart radar and dumb target, dumb radar and smart target, and smart radar and smart target. They added the target as an interference into the signal model and optimized the transmission waveform based on the SINR criterion. For the detection problem, Bachmann [36] proposed an interference spectrum design based on a noncooperative twoperson zerosum (TPZS) game between radar and jammer. The results indicate that the game analysis of radar and jammer can be used to identify the conditions of jammer selfprotection and radar detecting targets. Chen Yuzhong [37] proposed a multiplayer game theory algorithm by analyzing the competitive and cooperative relationships among sensor nodes. A utility function to achieve efficient intracluster data aggregation was also proposed and extensive experiments confirm the accuracy of the proposed algorithm. In [38, 39], Li Kang et al. proposed the egalitarian game strategy and Stackelberg game strategy as technological solutions for the countermeasure between radar and jammer. The work above all investigates the existence condition of Nash equilibrium (NE). A contribution for the presence of interference in OFDM radar waveform is [40], which proposed a radar waveform design method using compressed sensing. The proposed method could achieve the robust signal evaluation in the presence of interference without degradation of target detection performance. Besides, [41] proposed an electronic countermeasure (ECM) system for OFDMbased passive radars and investigated in detail how the system generates and transmits multiple false target echoes for moving targets. In [42], the authors proposed transmitadaptive jammer nulling waveforms for cognitive radar and introduced knowledgebased noise jammers in the electronic warfare. The simulation results indicate that the proposed transmitadaptive waveforms have inhibitory effect on knowledgebased noise jammers.
Radar electronic countermeasure (ECM) and electronic countercountermeasure (ECCM) are a hot topic for radar waveform optimization. The ECM systems aim at preventing the enemy’s radar from working correctly, while the ECCM systems aim at protecting the radar from being jammed [38]. In ECM environment, the jammer can generate false targets and false target ranges to confuse the radar [43, 44]. The jamming signal generated by interruptedsampling repeater jamming (ISRJ) forms multiple false targets to jam radar, which reduces the detection performance of radar. Besides, the authors proposed smart NLJ, which generates a pulse of noise to hide the true target range. In ECCM environment, [45] proposed a dynamic scheme based on jammer parameter estimation and transmitted signal design. The authors firstly transmitted the linear frequencymodulated (LFM) signal to estimate the main jamming parameters and then designed parameteradjusted coded signal on the basis of estimated parameters. Besides, [46] designed a novel twostep estimation procedure for the problem of target detection and reduced the sensitivity of jammer. The estimation procedure considers two scenarios where the radar system is under the noiselike interferers and where the coherent jammers are in existence. Andrey Garnaev [47] has taken the uncertainty of the jammer’s location into account and solved the game between the joint radar and communication system and jammer with Bayesian game.
Materials and methods
Problem formulation
The main purpose of this paper is to design optimal waveforms for radar and jammer in the environment of electronic warfare. The radar and jammer can adaptively allocate the transmission energy. Without loss of integrality, we introduce the signal models of deterministic multitarget and random multitarget in this subsection.
For the completeness of this paper, we first introduce the signal model for deterministic or random single target, as depicted in Fig. 1. x(t) is the transmission waveform of the radar system and its Fourier transform is X(f). n(t) is a zeromean additive Gaussian noise process with power spectral density (PSD) \({S_{nn}}(f)\). c(t) is a zeromean Gaussian random process with PSD \({S_{cc}}(f)\). j(t) is the jamming signal that is generated by the jammer, and its PSD is \({P_j}(f)\). r(t) is the ideal lowpass filter, and its Fourier transform is R(f). y(t) is the received signal, and Y(f) is transformed into the frequency domain. \({h_{D1}}(t)\) is the deterministic target impulse response of target 1, and its spectral response is \({H_{D1}}(f)\). \({h_{R1}}(t)\) is the random target impulse response of target 1, and its spectral response is \({H_{R1}}(f)\).
For the deterministic single target, its PSD can be used to describe target characteristic because \({h_{D1}}(t)\) is a Gaussian stationary process. For the random single target, \({h_{R1}}(t)\) is generated randomly, which can be obtained by \({h_{R1}}(t) = a(t){g_1}(t)\). Among a(t) is a rectangular window function with duration \({T_h}\) and \({g_1}(t)\) is a generalized stationary random process; therefore, \({h_{R1}}(t)\) is a generalized stationary stochastic process with finite duration. Since \({h_{R1}}(t)\) is an energy limited and not a real Gaussian stationary random process, its PSD cannot be used to describe target characteristic. The target energy spectral density (ESD) can be used to describe target characteristic, and ESD is defined as
where \(E\left[ \bullet \right]\) is the expectation, and \({H_{R1}}(f)\) is the spectral response of \({h_{R1}}(t)\). The target energy spectrum variance (ESV) is
where \({\mu _{h_1}}(f)\) is the mean of \({H_{R1}}(f)\). In order to simplify the computation, \({\mu _{h_1}}(f)\) is assumed to be zero. In this way, the result that ESV is equal to ESD can be obtained. Consequently, the target characteristic can be described by using \(\sigma _{h_1}^2(f)\).
On the basis of deterministic or random single target, we assume that all targets are in the same beam, as shown in Fig. 2. We can get that the proposed signal model for deterministic multitarget or random multitarget is depicted in Fig. 3, and the meaning of each part in Fig. 3 is the same as that in the signal model for deterministic or random single target. In addition, M is the number of targets and \(s_i\) is the weight value of \(i_{th}\) target. \({h_D}(t)\) is the total target impulse response after weighting the impulse responses of multiple deterministic targets, and its spectral response is \({H_D}(f)\). \({h_R}(t)\) is the total target impulse response after weighting the impulse responses of multiple random targets, and its spectral response is \({H_R}(f)\).
For deterministic multitarget, the output received signal is
where \(*\) is convolution symbol. Equation (3) is expressed in the frequency domain as
The derived output SINR is
where w is the bandwidth of the spectrum responses of the transmission signal and the jammer signal.
For random multitarget, \({h_R}(t)\) is generated randomly, and it represents the summation of weighted multiple random targets. Since \({h_R}(t)\) is not a real Gaussian stationary random process, we use its ESD to describe target characteristics, and ESD is defined as
where \({H_R}(f)\) is the spectral response of \({h_R}(t)\). The target ESV is
where \({\mu _H}(f)\) is the mean of \({H_R}(f)\). In order to simplify the computation, \({\mu _H}(f)\) is assumed to be zero. In this way, the result that ESV is equal to ESD can be obtained. Consequently, the target characteristics can be described by using \(\sigma _H^2(f)\). The output SINR can be approximately as
Different from the SINR expression of Eq. (5), the target impulse response \({h_R}(t)\) is a random process with finite duration, and \({\left {{H_D}(f)} \right ^2}\) is replaced by \(\sigma _H^2(f)\). \(\sigma _H^2(f)\) is the total spectral response after summation of weighted multiple target spectral responses. We use adaptive weight method to get it. Assuming that there are M targets that are distinguishable in range within the same beam. As for \(i_{th}\) target, \(\sigma _H^2(f)\) contains the characteristics of all targets in the same frequency band. However, at each frequency point, the characteristic of every target is different. Therefore, each target should be weighted in order to highlight the target with strong characteristic and weaken the target with weak characteristic. The weight value is
The weight value \(s_i\) represents the proportion of the \(i_{th}\) target characteristic in all target characteristics. The total spectral response \(\sigma _H^2(f)\) can be expressed as
where \(j=1,2,...,M\).
Waveform optimization design methods
Since the optimal waveform design method for random target is similar to that of deterministic target, the waveform optimization method of random target is discussed here. The conclusions obtained are also applicable to deterministic target. In the electronic warfare environment, since the jammer cannot be ignored, the radar transmission waveform and jamming waveform need to be designed at the same time. The waveform design is mainly divided into two cases, the first one is the waveform design with the maxmin strategy when the radar is dominant. It can design the radar transmission waveform according to the jamming signal transmitted by the jammer, so as to reduce the interference of jammer. The other one is the waveform design with the minmax strategy when the jammer is dominant. The jammer can transmit jamming signal according to the radar transmission waveform to degrade the performance of radar detecting targets.
Maximum SINRbased waveform design with maxmin strategy
Radar is the leader, which indicates that the radar designs the transmission waveform according to the target spectrum and the jamming waveform. The waveform optimization strategy selected by radar and jammer is as follows
where P is the transmission power of jammer, and \({E_x}\) is the transmission energy of radar. \(\sigma _H^2(f)\) is the total target spectrum after summation of weighted multiple random targets. The optimal radar transmission waveform and jamming waveform obtained by twoorder Lagrange multiplier method are as follows
where \({\lambda _1}\) and \({\lambda _2}\) are Lagrange multipliers. Their values are determined by \(\int _w {{P_j}(f)} df = P\) and \({\int _w {\left {X(f)} \right } ^2}df = {E_x}\), respectively. We use iterative search approach to find the solution of Lagrange multipliers, which mainly includes the following steps:

(1)
Obtain the maximum values of Lagrange multipliers according to the constraint conditions, and set the iterative threshold \({\beta }\).

(2)
Iteratively search Lagrange multipliers within the range, and substitute the searched values into \(\int _w {{P_j}(f)} df = P\) and \({\int _w {\left {X(f)} \right } ^2}df = {E_x}\).

(3)
Stop iteration when the error between \({P_j}(f)\) and setting value is less than threshold \({\beta }\), or when the error between \({\left {X(f)} \right ^2}\) and setting value is less than threshold \({\beta }\). Get the values of Lagrange multipliers.
The optimal transmission waveform spectrum can be obtained according to Eq. (12).
Proof
For the solution to the optimal radar transmission waveform and jammer waveform in Eq. (12), first the jammer waveform is found by solving the constrained optimization problem
Making use of Lagrangian multiplier, we seek to minimize
We can equivalently minimize
Since the second derivative with respect to \({P_j}(f)\) in Eq. (15) is positive, \(\varphi ({P_j}(f))\) is a convex function, and there is a minimum point. The first derivative with respect to \({P_j}(f)\) in Eq. (15) is
By equating (16) to zero, the jammer waveform is
Next the transmission waveform of the radar is found by solving the constrained optimization problem
Making use of Lagrangian multiplier, we seek to maximize
We can equivalently maximize
Substitute Eq. (17) into Eq. (20)
Since the second derivative with respect to \({\left {X(f)} \right ^2}\) in Eq. (21) is negative, \(\kappa ({\left {X(f)} \right ^2})\) is a concave function, and there is a maximum point. The first derivative with respect to \({\left {X(f)} \right ^2}\) in Eq. (21) is
By equating (22) to zero, the transmission waveform of the radar is
Substitute Eq. (23) into Eq. (17) to obtain Eq. (12). \(\square\)
Maximum SINRbased waveform design with minmax strategy
The jammer is the leader, indicating that the jammer can design jamming waveform according to the waveform spectrum of the target and the transmission waveform of the radar. The waveform optimization strategy selected by the radar and jammer is
The optimal radar transmission waveform and jamming waveform obtained by using the twoorder Lagrange multiplier method are as follows
where \({\lambda _3}\) and \({\lambda _4}\) are Lagrange multipliers. Their values are determined by \({\int _w {\left {X(f)} \right } ^2}df = {E_x}\) and \(\int _w {{P_j}(f)} df = P\), respectively. We still use iterative search approach to find the values of \({\lambda _3}\) and \({\lambda _4}\), and the specific solution steps are the same as those for \({\lambda _1}\) and \({\lambda _2}\). When the target spectrum, clutter spectrum, and noise are obtained, the optimal transmission waveforms of radar and jammer can be solved.
Proof
For the solution to the optimal radar transmission waveform and jammer waveform in Eq. (25), first the transmission waveform of the radar is found by solving the constrained optimization problem
Making use of Lagrangian multiplier, we seek to maximize
We can equivalently maximize
Since the second derivative with respect to \({\left {X(f)} \right ^2}\) in Eq. (28) is negative, \(\varphi ({\left {X(f)} \right ^2})\) is a concave function, and there is a maximum point. The first derivative with respect to \({\left {X(f)} \right ^2}\) in Eq. (28) is
By equating (29) to zero, the transmission waveform of the radar is
Next the jammer waveform is found by solving the constrained optimization problem
Making use of Lagrangian multiplier, we seek to minimize
We can equivalently minimize
Substitute Eq. (30) into Eq. (33)
Since the second derivative with respect to \({P_j}(f)\) in Eq.(34) is positive, \(\kappa ({P_j}(f))\) is a convex function, and there is a minimum point. The first derivative with respect to \({P_j}(f)\) in Eq. (34) is
By equating (35) to zero, the jammer waveform is
Substitute Eq. (36) into Eq. (30) to obtain Eq. (25). \(\square\)
Improved maximum SINRbased waveform design
In [19], Goodman proposed a waveform design algorithm by deriving a strict lower bound of MI based on ESV and designed the enhanced waveform by maximizing the lower bound. Inspired by this algorithm, we propose an improved waveform design method which derives a strict lower bound of SINR based on ESV. Based on hypothesis test theorem, the relationship between the weight values of targets and the ESV of the multiple random targets is [19]
where M is the number of targets. \(s_i\) is the weight value of \(i_{th}\) target. \(\sigma _{{h_i}}^2(f)\) is ESV of \(i_{th}\) target. The SINR can be obtained as
According to Jensen’s inequality, if f(x) is a concave function on an interval (a, b), there is \(f(\sum \nolimits _{i = 1}^n {{\lambda _i}{x_i}} ) \ge \sum \nolimits _{i = 1}^n {{\lambda _i}f({x_i})}\) for any \({x_1},{x_2},{x_3},...,{x_n} \in (a,b)\), \({\lambda _i} > 0(i = 1,2,3,...,n)\), and \(\sum \nolimits _{i = 1}^n {{\lambda _i} = 1}\).
Assume that the total weight value of all targets is 1, that is \(\sum \nolimits _{i = 1}^M {s_i} = 1\). We can obtain Eq. (39) by using Jensen’s inequality
Therefore, the objective function and constraints of the optimized waveform are
Making use of Lagrangian multiplier method, we can obtain
The value of \({\lambda '_1}\) is determined by \(\int _w {{P_j}(f)} df = P,\) and the value of \({\lambda '_2}\) is determined by \({\int _w {\left {X(f)} \right } ^2}df = {E_x}\).
The objective function in the case of jammer is the dominant player which can be obtained as
The optimal transmission waveform is
The value of \({\lambda '_3}\) is determined by \({\int _w {\left {X(f)} \right } ^2}df = {E_x},\) and the value of \({\lambda '_4}\) is determined by \(\int _w {{P_j}(f)} df = P\).
Results and discussion
In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed optimal radar transmission waveform and jamming waveform, the corresponding simulation results and performance analysis are made in this section.
Under the premise of known clutter and noise PSD, the maxmin strategy and minmax strategy in the case of random multitarget are verified and analyzed. The main simulation parameters are shown in Table 1.
It is assumed that there are two random targets, which are independent of each other and are randomly generated. Figure 4 shows the energy allocation of the two targets. In Fig. 4, each target is independently distributed and has no influence on each other, which has advantages for target recognition. When the weight value of each target is found, the total target spectrum can be obtained by summation of weighted multiple targets. Figure 5 shows the distribution of the total target spectrum and clutter spectrum.
Maximum SINRbased waveform with maxmin strategy
In this subsection, the energy allocation of radar transmission waveform and jamming waveform is analyzed. The total target spectrum and clutter spectrum are shown in Fig. 6. The power spectrum of jamming waveform is shown in Fig. 7, it includes the maximum SINRbased waveform and the improved maximum SINRbased waveform, and the SINRbased waveform is a compared waveform [48].
Figure 7 shows that the jammer designs the jamming waveform according to the target spectrum and clutter spectrum with the maxmin strategy. The main characteristics of maximum SINRbased jamming waveform are as follows:

(1)
Since the jammer hopes to reduce the SINR of radar receiver in order to degrade the radar performance, jammer allocates the energy according to the target energy spectrum to jam the radar. The jammer allocates more energy to the place with strong target energy spectrum. Comparing between Figs. 6 and 7, the energy spectrum of the target is higher in the frequency bands around 0.3 and 0.45. Therefore, the jammer allocates the main energy in these two frequency bands.

(2)
The jammer allocates more energy in the frequency bands with a larger product of the target spectrum and clutter spectrum according to Eq. (12). For example, jammer allocates more energy in the frequency band around 0.3 than in the frequency band around 0.7. The jammer and clutter could jam the radar jointly according to the target spectrum, which further reduce the radar received SINR.
The main characteristics of improved maximum SINRbased jamming waveform are as follows:

(1)
Improved maximum SINRbased jamming waveform has the same characteristics as maximum SINRbased jamming waveform.

(2)
In the frequency bands with a large product of the target spectrum and clutter spectrum, the improved maximum SINRbased jamming waveform could allocate more energy than maximum SINRbased jamming waveform, which is determined by the property of Jensen’s inequality, which further degrades the radar received SINR.
When jammer transmits the jamming waveform, the radar could adjust the transmission waveform according to the comprehensive analysis of the target spectrum, clutter spectrum, and the jamming waveform. The energy spectrum of radar transmission waveform is shown in Fig. 8, it includes the maximum SINRbased waveform and the improved maximum SINRbased waveform, and the SINRbased waveform is a compared waveform.
The main characteristics of maximum SINRbased radar waveform are as follows: The radar allocates less energy in the frequency bands with strong interference and more energy in the frequency bands with strong target energy spectrum; however, the radar mainly designs the transmission waveform according to the target spectrum when both target spectrum and interference are strong. As shown in Fig. 8, the radar allocates much energy in the frequency band around 0.3 because the target spectrum is strong in the frequency band around 0.3 even the interference is strong. The radar reduces the loss of target energy, in this way, the radar can obtain more useful information about the targets and compensate the loss of target information caused by jamming waveform.
Figure 8 also shows that improved maximum SINRbased radar waveform. The improved transmission waveform has a certain improvement in energy allocation compared with the maximum SINRbased radar transmission waveform. The improved waveform allocates more energy in frequency bands where the target has larger spectrum value. The energy allocated in other frequency bands is reduced because the transmission energy is fixed.
Maximum SINRbased waveform with minmax strategy
According to Eq. (25), when the random multitarget spectrum is shown in Fig. 9, the energy spectrum of radar transmission waveform is shown in Fig. 10, it includes the maximum SINRbased waveform and the improved maximum SINRbased waveform, and the SINRbased waveform is a compared waveform.
In Fig. 10, the radar firstly designs the optimal transmission waveform according to the prior information with the minmax strategy. The radar allocates most of the energy in the frequency bands where the target has larger spectrum value and clutter has smaller spectrum value. As can be seen from Figs. 9 and 10, the radar allocates more transmission energy in the frequency band around 0.8 than in the frequency band around 0.2, because the clutter spectrum is smaller in the frequency band around 0.8 even though the target spectrum is roughly the same in the frequency bands. In this way, the radar could avoid some interference and get more information about targets, while less energy is allocated in where the clutter is strong, so as to avoid the loss of output SINR of radar and improve the performance of the radar system. In addition, Fig. 10 shows that the improved optimization method allocates more energy in the frequency bands with less clutter. It can further improve the radar received SINR.
The power spectrum of jamming waveform is shown in Fig. 11, it includes the maximum SINRbased waveform and the improved maximum SINRbased waveform, and the SINRbased waveform is a compared waveform. Figure 11 shows the jammer transmits the jamming waveform according to radar transmission waveform and target energy spectrum. The main characteristics of maximum SINRbased jamming waveform are as follows:

(1)
The jammer allocates much energy in the frequency bands where the ratio of target energy spectrum to the clutter spectrum is large, which results in the decrease in the received SINR. For example, the energy spectrum of the target is roughly the same in the frequency bands around 0.2 and 0.8 in Fig. 9. However, the clutter spectrums are different in these frequency bands, and the jammer could allocate more energy in the frequency band around 0.8. In this way, although the radar allocates more energy in the frequency band around 0.8, the jammer also allocates more energy in this frequency band in order to degrade the radar received SINR.

(2)
The jammer allocates more energy in the frequency band where the radar has stronger transmission waveform spectrum. As shown in Fig. 11, the jammer allocates more energy in the frequency band around 0.6 than in the frequency band around 0.2, because the radar transmission waveform spectrum is stronger in the frequency band around 0.6 even though the ratio of target spectrum to the clutter spectrum is larger in the frequency band around 0.2. The improved jamming waveform allocates more energy in the frequency bands where the radar transmission waveform spectrum is strong and the ratio of target energy spectrum to the clutter spectrum is large, which has better jamming effect on radar.
Performance analysis of improved maximum SINRbased waveform optimization method
In this subsection, the improved maximum output SINR with two strategies for multitarget is given. The output SINR curves of proposed maximum SINRbased waveform and improved maximum SINRbased waveform with maxmin strategy are shown in Fig. 12. The output SINR curves of proposed maximum SINRbased waveform and improved maximum SINRbased waveform with minmax strategy are shown in Fig. 13. In the proposed waveform optimization approaches, the total spectral response is obtained by proposed adaptive weight method. Besides, Figs. 12 and 13 also include output SINR curves of SINRbased waveform [48] for comparison with the proposed waveforms.

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Figures 12 and 13 show that the output SINR of improved maximum SINRbased waveform is significantly improved compared with other waveforms. Because the radar could accurately design transmission waveform according to the target characteristics in the proposed optimization methods, thus the radar could obtain more useful information of the target.

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Figures 12 and 13 also show that the proposed maximum SINRbased waveform has a slight difference with SINRbased waveform. The performance of maximum SINRbased waveform is slightly superior to SINRbased waveform. The performance of the proposed improved waveform which has combined with Jensen’s inequality is better than the maximum SINRbased waveform.
The probability of radar correctly detecting targets under maxmin strategy and minmax strategy is shown in Figs. 14 and 15, respectively. Figures 14 and 15 contain proposed maximum SINR waveform and improved maximum SINR waveform, and SINR waveform is a compared waveform.

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The performance of proposed optimization waveforms is better than the performance of SINR waveform, and the optimal waveform methods achieve the effect of radar waveform optimization.

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The improved waveform has better target detection and recognition performance. The maximum SINRbased optimization waveform and improved maximum SINRbased optimization waveform could improve the detection performance of the radar.
In the maximum SINR expression, the integral calculation will increase the computational complexity of the weighting coefficient. Thus in the improved maximum SINR expression, we combine Jensen’s inequality to take the weighting coefficient out of the integral. The specific change is shown in Fig. 16. The improved maximum SINR expression could reduce the computational complexity of the maximum SINR expression and further reduce the algorithm complexity. At the same time, since the weighting within the integral belongs to indirect weighting, and the weighting outside the integral belongs to direct weighting. Therefore, the change will optimize the calculation results of the maximum SINR expression and further optimize the results of algorithm.
The specific results are shown in Table 2. Table 2 contains output SINR value and the average time of the iterative procedure for solving Lagrange multipliers of improved maximum SINR waveform and maximum SINR waveform. As shown in Table 2, the improved maximum SINR waveform could output higher SINR, which confirms that the change will optimize the calculation results. Besides, the procedure for solving Lagrange multipliers of improved maximum SINR waveform needs less time, which could indirectly confirm that the change could reduce the computational complexity of the maximum SINR waveform.
Conclusions and the future work
In this paper, the optimal waveform methods of radar transmission waveform and jamming waveform based on SINR criterion are proposed. The solutions to radar dominated and jammer dominated strategies are carried out for the case of random multitarget. When dealing with random multitarget, we propose an adaptive weight method to solve the problem of summation of weighted multiple targets. The conclusions are also applicable to the case of deterministic multitarget. In addition, an improved maximum SINRbased waveform optimization method is proposed according to the maximum SINRbased waveform optimization method. The optimization waveform with multitarget ESV is analyzed, which leads to a good performance of radar system. The simulation results show that the waveform optimization methods proposed in this paper could effectively improve the overall performance of the radar system. The proposed methods are based on SINR criterion with maxmin strategy and minmax strategy, and they can adaptively allocate the transmission energy. The improved method has higher output SINR than the maximum SINRbased waveform. With improving the radar detection performance and obtaining more target information, the improved method can also reduce the computational complexity of maximum SINRbased waveform and improve the efficiency of computing Lagrange multipliers.
The future work will study the waveform optimization problems for joint radar and communication system when jammer exists. We will design the transmission waveforms for radar and jammer when the communication signal is considered as useful energy for radar. In addition, the performance of radar system will also be investigated in the joint radar and communication system.
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Abbreviations
 AIS:

Automatic identification system
 CFAR:

Constant false alarm rate
 CR:

Cognitive radar
 ECM:

Electronic countermeasure
 ECCM:

Electronic countercountermeasure
 ESD:

Energy spectral density
 ESV:

Energy spectrum variance
 GLRT:

Generalized likelihood ratio test
 GN:

Gauss–Newton
 ISRJ:

Interruptedsampling repeater jamming
 LFM:

Linear frequencymodulated
 MI:

Mutual information
 NE:

Nash equilibrium
 NLJ:

Noiselike jammers
 OFDM:

Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
 PSD:

Power spectral density
 SINR:

Signaltointerferenceplusnoise ratio
 STAP:

Spacetime adaptive processing
 TPZS:

Twoperson zerosum
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Xin, F., Wang, Y., Sun, J. et al. Adaptable waveform design for radar and jammer for multitarget using game theoretic strategies. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2022, 99 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1363402200932w
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Keywords
 Electronic warfare
 Multitarget
 Waveform optimization
 SINR