Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing

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Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing

Course Description

   This course is a thorough exploration for engineers and scientists of the foundational signal processing methods for interference suppression, detection, imaging, and tracking that are at the core of most modern radar systems. It also provides a solid base for studying advanced techniques, such as radar imaging, advanced waveforms, and adaptive processing in greater detail.

For on-site private offerings only, this course is also offered in a shortened 3.5-day format:

  • Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing: 3.5 day (DEF 3505R)

as well as a two-course, two days per course format:

  • Radar Signal Processing: Fundamentals (DEF 3505A)
  • Radar Signal Processing: Applications and Advanced Topics (DEF 3505B)

These courses can be purchased separately or together. For more information submit a request at train at your location.

Due to minimum enrollment requirements to hold a course, we ask that you register as early as possible. View our terms and conditions for further information. If you have specific questions or requirements, please contact the course administrator. 

Course Content


  • Radar signal processing goals: signal-to-interference and resolution
  • Signal acquisition and organization: fast- and slow-time sampling, the data cube
  • Deterministic and Statistical models for targets, clutter, and noise signals
  • Doppler shift and Doppler bandwidth


  • Fixed and adaptive (CFAR) threshold detection theory
  • Simple tools for detection performance estimation: Albersheim’s and Shnidman’s equations
  • The effect of target fluctuations and integration


  • Limiting factors in measuring range, Doppler, and angle
  • Single- and Multiple-Target Tracking: data association and track filtering


  • Effect of radar waveforms on range and Doppler resolution, ambiguities, and signal-to-noise ratio
  • Matched filtering and pulse compression
  • Simple pulses, linear frequency modulation, phase coded, and pulse burst waveforms


  • Moving target indication and the vector matched filter
  • Pulse Doppler processing


  • Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) concepts and modes
  • Resolution versus area coverage
  • Basic stripmap and spotlight SAR imaging algorithms


  • Digital beamforming
  • Ground MTI and space-time adaptive processing (STAP)
  • STAP extensions and applications

SPECIAL TOPICS AND APPLICATIONS (A selected subset of these is included)

  • Continuous-wave and Frequency-modulated continuous wave radar
  • Electronic protection
  • Weather radar
  • Airport surveillance radar
  • Space-based radar
  • Millimeter-wave radar
Requirements & Materials





  • Hard copy and CD-ROM of course viewgraphs

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and technicians.

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What You Will Learn

  • Sampling rates and resolution in spatial, Doppler, and angle dimensions
  • Models of the deterministic and statistical behavior of radar signals
  • Moving target indication (MTI) and pulse Doppler processors for detecting targets in clutter
  • Simple and pulse compression waveforms to achieve resolution, sidelobe, and SNR requirements
  • Coherent and noncoherent integration and constant false alarm rate (CFAR) to meet detection goals
  • Single- and multi-target tracking algorithms and limitations on their accuracy
  • Basic concepts and design drivers for advanced adaptive processing algorithms for clutter and jamming suppression
  • 2D imaging radar (SAR) concepts and basic design parameters
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How You Will Benefit

  • Learn the principles and objectives of basic signal processing methods fundamental to all radars.
  • Understand interference suppression methods for noise, clutter, and jamming.
  • Evaluate radar signal processing algorithm performance and limitations.
  • Develop a strong foundation for study of advanced radar techniques.
  • Receive MATLAB® based tutorial software demonstrations.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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