LONDON QinetiQ has won a £1.4million contract to develop a novel radar target simulator to emulate realistic radar echoes from targets such as missiles, aircraft, small surface craft and submarine periscopes. The RRTG will be implemented using high performance digital signal processing and data conversion technology developed by the company.
The contract includes provision for initial trials to evaluate interaction between the Radar Research Target Generator (RRTG) and the U.K. ARTIST (Advanced Radar Technology Integrated System Testbed) radar system. The RRTG will then be used to extensively test and evaluate the performance of ARTIST. The contract is due to be completed by December 2007 and be delivered two thirds of the way through the current ARTIST programme.
QinetiQ's digital signal processing technology and Roke Manor Research's analogue radio frequency hardware will be used in the RRTG development. In addition to testing ARTIST, the technology will be used for auditing, acceptance and through-life testing of in-service and future radar systems.