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 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 contact Mark Richards at

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Oct 3, 2016 Oct 6, 2016 Oct 3, 2016 Classroom Orlando, FL $2,295 16269
Section Details Jan 23, 2017 Jan 26, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, GA $2,195 17055
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
14480 Sep 8, 2014 Sep 11, 2014 Classroom Orlando, FL $2,095
15234 Feb 9, 2015 Feb 12, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $2,195
15369 May 18, 2015 May 21, 2015 Classroom Denver, CO $2,195
15370 Sep 14, 2015 Sep 17, 2015 Classroom Orlando, FL $2,195
16040 Jan 25, 2016 Jan 28, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, GA $2,195
16317 May 16, 2016 May 19, 2016 Classroom Denver, CO $2,295

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

Engineers and scientists who seek a refresher course in radar signal processing or want a firm foundation for advanced radar processing studies

How You Will Benefit

  • Coverage of basic signal processing methods fundamental to all radars
  • Select fast- and slow-time sampling rates for acquiring radar signals
  • Relate bandwidth, resolution, and sampling rates in multiple domains
  • Model statistical fluctuations of radar signals
  • Evaluate the performance of MTI and Doppler processors
  • Select pulse compression waveforms
  • Predict automatic and CFAR detection performance
  • Understand the pros and cons of coherent and noncoherent integration
  • Make accurate measurements of range, Doppler, and angle, and understand the limiting factors on measurement accuracy
  • Understand basic concepts and design drivers for advanced GMTI and STAP algorithms
  • Understand basic single-target track filtering algorithms
  • Understand 2D imaging radar (SAR) concepts and determine basic design parameters
  • Learn how these techniques are applied in a variety of radar types


  • Signal acquisition: Fast-and slow-time sampling, the datacube
  • Amplitude models: The radar range equation
  • Statistical models: Radar cross section fluctuations and Swerling models
  • Doppler shift and Doppler bandwith
  • Noise models
  • Basic and pulse compression waveforms
  • Suppressing the interference using techniques such as pulse compression, MTI and space-time adaptive processing
  • Extracting usable information from the signal using techniques such as pulse-Doppler processing and CFAR detection
  • Stripmap and spotlight imaging concept and algorithms
  • Applications: Signal processing aspects of a variety of radar applications



  • Textbook, Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing, second edition by Mark A. Richards (McGraw-Hill, 2014)
  • Hard copy and CD-ROM of course viewgraphs

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Mark Richards