Radar Test

RadarToday's modern radar systems use highly specialized and innovative technologies to meet the growing demand of the defense industry.  To reduce design uncertainty, test solutions are required with the performance, precision, and insight to solve these advanced design challenges.  Rohde & Schwarz solutions are at the leading edge of performance, capability, and ease of use to deliver confidence and test integrity of complex radar designs.

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Transient Measurement Application Specifications: FSW - K60

As a complement to the real-time functionality of the R&S FSW Series spectrum analyzers, the R&S®FSW-K60 Transient Measurement Application software provides simplified transient analysis of frequency hopped and chirp radar pulsed signals.  Click here for application specifications

Vector Signal Generator: SMW200A

The R&S®SMW200A is the vector signal generator for the most demanding applications.  As a result of its flexibility, performance and intuitive operation, it is a perfect tool for generating complex, digitally modulated signals of high quality - now with multichannel configuration to 40 GHz.   Click here for more information

Peak Power Sensors NRP - Z81/85/86 Wideband Power Sensors

Peak power measurements of radar signals to 40 GHz with 80dB of dynamic range.  Click here for more information

Vector Network Analyzers: ZVA Series

Perform testing on amplifiers and mixers under pulsed conditions.  Click here for more information

Coherent Radar Test Generation and Analysis: TS6600

Automatic test system for the generation and analysis of phase-coherent multichannel signal simulation.  Click here for more information

T/R Module Radar Test System: TS6710

Test system for AESA transmit-receive modules (TRM) in development and production.  Adapted to customer requirements to enable control of module.  Click here for more information

Broadband Compact Modular Amplifiers with High Reliability: BBA100/150 Series

The R&S®BBA100/BBA150 Series Modular Broadband Amplifiers provide a variety of solutions for radar receiver immunity test generation for your power, frequency and performance needs.  Click here for more information

Wideband mm-Wave Signal Generation and Analysis

This application note expands modulation bandwidth to 2 GHz as well as describes an alternative setup to use to cover the necessary bandwidth and obtain purity in signal generation.   View application note here

Time Sidelobe Measurements Optimize Radar System Performance

This application card discusses how measuring and analyzing time sidelobes can optimize compressed radar signals as well as validate the design through the use of automated and reproducible measurements.   View application card here

Multi-Channel Signal Generation Applications with a Vector Signal Generator

This application note gives an overview of common multi-channel application examples and how to equip the Rohde & Schwarz signal generator R&SSMW200A appropriately.   View application note here

Simplify Pulse and Emitter Generation for Radar Testing

This application card describes how the R&S®SMW200A signal generator together with the R&S®Pulse Sequencer software simplifies signal generation for multi-emitter environments.   View application card here

Multichannel Coherent Signal Generation with the SMW200A

This application card describes how a perfectly matched set of Rohde & Schwarz signal generators generates multiple phase coherent signals up to 40 GHz.  View application card here

Real-time Radar Target Generation

This application note presents a solution for testing the complete radar system which transmits any kind of any kind of radar signal by generating radar echo signals with arbitrary range, Doppler frequency and Radar Cross section in response.  View application note here

Simplifying Receiver Testing

This application card describes how the advanced generation capabilities of the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator can simplify receiver testing up to 20 GHz by removing the need for multiple signal generators. This single-box solution brings the real world into your lab.  View application card here

Pulsed Radar Signal Generation and Measurements

This educational note describes a closed loop Radar system that is able to perform radar detection by means of pulse compression and digital signal processing.  View educational note here

Flexible Target Generation for Radar Receiver Testing

This application card describes a novel approach using COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) test equipment to flexibly and conveniently generate radar echoes. Range and Doppler frequency shift can be controlled and adapted in a straightforward manner to reproduce scenarios with multiple static and moving targets.  View application card here

Automated Measurements of 77 GHz FMCW Radar Signals - 1EF88

Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar signals are often used in short range surveillance, altimeters and automotive radars in the 77-81 GHz band with 500 MHz of measurement bandwidth. To ensure proper functionality, signal quality measures such as frequency linearity are of great importance. This application note focuses on fully automated, fast and accurate measurements, of linear FMCW radar signals. It explains the basic signal processing, the impact on radar key performance indicators in case of linearity deviations and explains test and measurement of linear FMCW signals in detail. View application note here

Coexistence Test of LTE and Radar Systems - 1MA211

Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar, military Air Traffic Surveillance (ATS) radar and meteorological radar operate in the S-Band frequency range. In fact 4G communication systems such as Long Term Evolution (LTE) make also use of these frequencies. Test and measurement of their coexistence is absolutely essential as performance degradation of mobile devices and networks and even malfunction of ATC radars has been proven. This application note describes LTE and S-Band radar coexistence test and measurement. It addresses LTE user equipment, base stations and S-Band radars and presents test solutions. View application note here

Radar Educational Videos - Application Note

Access to most information about radar tests is pretty restricted, as many radar applications are used in military or secretive industrial research. To show some basic radar tests we have created radar demo tools. Based upon various R&S products, the new set of videos consists of five tutorials. Find out more detail about the videos (which can be found on the Videos/Webinars tab on the Radar page) with this application note. View application note here

Radar Waveforms for A&D and Automotive Radar - 1MA239

This White Paper provides a more detailed view on radar waveforms for Aerospace and Defence and commercial radar systems. Waveforms such as pulse and pulse-Doppler signal, continuous wave and frequency shift keying waveforms are described. It also shows continuous waveform trends designed for specific needs and application differences of continuous wave radar compared to pulse radar systems. View white paper here

Introduction to Radar Systems and Components Tests - 1MA207

This white paper provides a general overview of different military and commercial radar systems.  It also covers some typical measurements on such systems and their components.  View white paper here

Overview of Tests on Radar Systems and Components - 1MA127

This application note shows how to use the R&S radar product portfolio to tackle test and measurement tasks in modern radar technology.  View application note here

Testing S-Parameters on Pulsed Radar Power Amplifiers - 1MA126

This application note describes testing S-parameters under pulsed conditions with the R&S®ZVA Vector Network Analyzer, and a signal generator with a pulse modulator as a signal source.  A L-band radar pulsed power transistor is used as an example device under test (DUT).  The pulse profile mode of the R&S®ZVA is used to analyze the time-dependent behavior of the DUT.  View application note here

Advanced Signal Analysis using the History Mode of the R&S®RTO Oscilloscope - 1TD02

This application note describes how to capture rare faults and intermittent signals by using the history mode on the R&S®RTO Oscilloscope.  The history mode allows the user to look back to previous acquisitions and apply the wide set of analysis functions of the RTO.  Additionally, it stores the accurate recoding time of the waveforms for further analysis.   View application note here

The Y Factor Technique for Noise Figure Measurements - 1MA178_1

This application note describes in detail the steps required to make a noise figure measurement on a spectrum analyzer using the "Y Factor" technique.  Background equations are presented for each step of the calculation and measurement uncertainty is reviewed.  View application note here

Noise Figure Measurements Without a Noise Source on a Vector Network Analyzer - 1EZ61_2E

This application note describes the noise figure measurement using the R&S Vector Network Analyzers of the ZVA and ZVT series.  It explains the concept of measuring noise figures without the need for a characterized noise source.  Furthermore, it discusses different measurement applications and the respective setup and implications.  View application note here

Analyze Your Radar Signals with Wideband Power Sensors

This application brief discusses how the high sample rate and automatic pulse analysis make the R&S®NRP-Z8x wideband power sensor family ideal for time-domain analysis of radar pulses. View application brief here

Group Delay and Phase Measurements on Frequency Converters - 1EZ60_1E

This application note describes a method using the R&S®ZVA to measure group delay of mixers and frequency converters very accurately without access to the local oscillator of the device under test.  View application note here

Signal Source Analysis of Jitter to 50 GHz - 1EF71_1E

This application note describes how to characterize RMS jitter with the R&S FSUP Signal Source Analyzer.  The instrument can distinguish random and periodic jitter easily and measure all parameters of interest.  View application note here

Simplified Analysis of Frequency Agile Radars

This application card describes the use of real-time spectrum analysis which can be used to find anomalies in pulse measurement applications. View application card here

Tackling the Challenges of Pulsed Signal Measurements - 1MA124

This application note describes characterization of devices used in radar systems with pulsed signals.  The emphasis is on measurements using vector network analyzers (VNAs), signal generators, vector signal generators and spectrum analyzers.  View application note here

Antenna Measurements, RCS Measurements and Measurements on Pulsed Signals with Vector Network Analyzers - 1EZ52_0E

This application note describes the suitability of the R&S® Vector Network Analyzers as multi-channel microwave receivers for antenna measurements and RCS meausrements including measurements on pulsed signals.  View application note here

Millimeter-Wave Measurements Using Converters to 110 GHz - 1EZ55_0E

The converters offered for the R&S® ZVA family extend the vector network analyzers' frequency range to include the millimeter-wave range (EHF band).  This application note describes the R&S® ZVA-Z110 converters covering the W band (75 GHz to 110 GHz).  View application note here

Multiport Millimeter-Wave Measurement Using Converters of the R&S® ZVA Family - 1EZ56

This application note describes measurements with three or four converters in the W-band.  Test configurations for such measurements have so far been implemented only with coaxial connector systems for a frequency range up to approximately 40 GHz.  The term "multiport measurements" was created for these types of measurements.  View application note here

Testing Millimeter-Wave Mixers Using Converters to 325 GHz - 1EZ57_0E

This application note describes typical measurements on millimeter-wave mixers and millimeter-wave frontends to 325 GHz.  It also discusses a signal identification method that enables spurious measurements to be performed in the millimeter-wave range using an R&S® ZVA Network Analyzer in conjunction with a converter.  View application note here

Anechoic Chambers Solutions for RCS Testing

In partnership with AP Americas, R&S provides microwave measurement chamber solutions for measurement of antennas.  This product brochure highlights the benefits of the chamber technology. View product brochure here

Interference Test System for ATC Radar Systems

This product brochure describest the R&S TS6550 capabilities and use for testing the immunity of ATC Radar Systems from LTE and WiMax signals.  View product brochure here

Webinar: SAR and GMTI - Two Great Radar Modes That Go Great Together

This tutorial will begin with a quick review of air-to-ground radar operation, quickly moving into a comparison and contrasting of the SAR and GMTI modes. Next, a detailed description of the implementation and processing behind these modes will be presented. Finally, several examples of combined modes, applications sharing attributes of both SAR and GMTI, will be examined. View webinar here

Webinar: Synthetic Aperture Radar Tradeoffs by Mark Richards

(Originally broadcast on January 30, 2015)  This webinar focuses on SAR applications and how the SAR engineer needs to tradeoff key system characteristics in order to meet performance goals.  View webinar here

Webinar: Fundamental Tradeoffs for Space, Air and UAV SAR by Mark Richards

(Originally broadcast on June 10, 2013) This webinar reviews the fundamental synthetic aperture radar imaging characteristics of resolution, area coverage, and contrast and their dependence on key radar parameters such as: power, bandwidth, PRF, antenna size, and operational mode (stripmap or spotlight).  View webinar here

FSW Pulse Measurement Video

This video demonstrates the pulse measurement capability of the FSW spectrum analyzer when using the Option K6 Pulse Measurement software.  View video here

Webinar: MIMO Radar - Demystified by Dr. Brookner

(Originally broadcast on February 28, 2013) This webinar will explain Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) in simple terms and detail its performance advantages and disadvantages.  Contrary to claims, MIMO does not provide an order of magnitude or better angle resolution and accuracy than conventional arrays.  Instead, it is about the same.  MIMO radar makes sense for combining radars for increased sensitivity.  This webinar will also show how useful MIMO is and how it allows the use of a 29% smaller antenna while maintaining angle accuracy. View webinar here

Radar Tutorial #1 - Radar Basics (Short Demo using a Vector Network Analyzer)

Short demo using a vector network analyzer. Learning objectives include: 1) How radar works 2) Simple radar demo using ZVL 3) Why do we need pulses? View tutorial here

Radar Tutorial #2 - Pulse Generation and Evaluation Using a Signal Generator and a Power Probe

Learning objectives include: 1) Simple configuration for radar tests 2) Pulse evaluation using a peak power meter 3) Reduction of noise effects. View tutorial here

Radar Tutorial #3 - Pulse Evaluation Using a Spectrum Analyzer & Dedicated Pulse Analysis

Learning objectives include: 1) pulse evaluation using spectrum analyzers 2) basic functions of FSW-K6 3) pulse amplifier test. View tutorial here

Radar Tutorial #4 - Antenna Polar Pattern Evaluation Using CW Generator and Power Probe

Learning objectives include: 1) What is antenna gain good for? 2) How to determine polar diagrams 3) Radar test equipment 4) Test example of a X-Band antenna 5) Matlab's usage for test & control. View tutorial here

Radar Tutorial #5 - AESA Demo using a Generator, Power Probe and a Switch Matrix

Learning objectives include: 1) Meaning and purpose of AESA 2) Principle of digital beamforming 3) How to use OSP for phase-shifts 4) Verifying beamforming effects. View tutorial here

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