Modeling and Simulation of Radar Systems

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Modeling and Simulation of Radar Systems

Course Description

In the Modeling and Simulation of Radar Systems course, you will develop techniques for modeling and simulation (M&S) of modern radars to apply to radar systems design, analysis, test and evaluation, and performance assessment. Begin with the radar equation, then extend M&S to introduce general radar subsystems, such as transmitters, receivers, and antennas. Explore phenomenology (propagation and clutter), target physics (RCS and dynamics) and electronic attack to develop the radar M&S and for the further development of M&S scenarios. This course also provides a free and highly recommended half-day tutorial (Modeling and Simulation of Radar Systems Tutorial) of MATLAB and Simulink training for those who need training or a refresher. The tutorial will display as an optional item during the checkout process.

Course Content


  • Radar equation
  • Simple system trades


  • Continuous Wave (CW) signals and parameters
  • Modeling and applications of CW waveforms
  • Pulsed signals and parameters
  • Modeling and applications of pulsed signals
  • Modulation options for both CW and pulsed waveforms


  • Basic principles
  • Swerling models and associated probability density functions
  • Additional RCS modeling approaches


  • Matched filters for pulse compression waveforms
  • Spectral Analysis via Fourier Transform techniques
  • Range and Doppler ambiguities
  • Modeling examples for FMCW and phase-coded signals


  • Detection: Probability of Detection and False Alarm
  • Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR) detection
  • Measurement association and Tracking
Requirements & Materials





  • Notebook and CD-ROM with copies of the presentation slides

  • MATLAB and Simulink example programs

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 managers with a desire to understand the special considerations in modeling and simulating radar systems.

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What You Will Learn

  • M&S fundamentals from engineering-level to campaign-level models
  • Radar fundamentals review
  • M&S of radar antenna functions and applications
  • Basic modeling of Radar Cross Section (RCS), including Swerling models
  • Modeling of radar waveforms and their corresponding signal processing
  • Modeling fundamental radar functions such as target detection and tracking
  • M&S of clutter and related phenomenology
  • MATLAB and Simulink programming environments
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How You Will Benefit

  • Examine radar systems functions, techniques, and methods.
  • Discover model radar functions and techniques, with focus on system component (waveform generation, antennas, receivers, and signal processing) functions.
  • Learn techniques for modeling propagation, clutter, and radar cross-section concepts, and how to integrate models into a radar simulation.
  • Understand how to integrate radar system models into scenario simulations for performance evaluation.
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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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