Basic Radar Signal Processing Concepts

Course Description

This course introduces radar operators, technicians, technical managers, and those new to the field to the goals and concepts of the major signal processing methods used in modern radars. The most important methods used to suppress interference and detect targets are introduced in simple terms, augmented with computer demonstrations and small group exercises to reinforce key concepts. The course provides a strong foundation for interacting with radar signal processing specialists, and for more in-depth study on radar signal processing fundamentals and advanced topics.

Course ID: DEF 3540P
Course Format: Classroom

Available Classroom Sections

There are no available sections for this course. Please check back later.

View previous sections
View Previous Sections
CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15276 Mar 10, 2015 Mar 12, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,395
15361 Jun 16, 2015 Jun 18, 2015 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $2,495
16298 Jun 14, 2016 Jun 16, 2016 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $2,295
16049 Sep 13, 2016 Sep 15, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,095
17069 Mar 28, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,095
17206 Jun 13, 2017 Jun 15, 2017 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $2,295
18238 Mar 27, 2018 Mar 29, 2018 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,195

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout and cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Who Should Attend

Managers, technicians, engineers and scientists

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand key radar quality metrics of detection probability, signal-to-noise ratio, resolution, and accuracy
  • Understand the characteristics of target, clutter, and noise signals
  • Understand the concept of threshold detection and adaptive threshold selection
  • Learn the tradeoffs between simple and pulse compression waveforms
  • Learn how moving target indication and pulse Doppler processing enable target detection in clutter
  • Understand limitations on range, Doppler, and angle measurement accuracy
  • Introduce the concepts and basic implementations of track filtering, adaptive beamforming, and radar imaging


  • Radar signal modeling and acquisition
  • Threshold detection: Finding targets in interference
  • Waveforms and pulse compression
  • Separating targets from clutter: MTI and pulse doppler
  • Locating the targets: Introduction to measurement accuracy and tracking
  • Introduction to advanced radar signal processing

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Mark Richards, Ph.D.