Radar Surface Moving Target Indication

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Radar Surface Moving Target Indication

Course Description

This course discusses all key aspects of aerospace-to-ground surface moving target indication (SMTI) radar, including SMTI radar operation, signal and data processing methods, signal modeling, and operator uses of the radar data.

The course is available for contract only. Please fill out this form if you are interested in this offering.

Course Content


  • Introduction to Surface Moving Target Indication (SMTI) Radar
  • SMTI Fundamentals: DSP and Notation
  • SMTI Radar Detection
  • Digital Beamforming (DBF)
  • Adaptive DBF for Interference Mitigation
  • Doppler Processing


  • Introduction to Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) for SMTI
  • Clutter Mitigation Using STAP
  • SMTI Waveforms
  • SMTI Performance Metrics
  • Reduced-Dimension STAP
  • Reduced-Rank STAP
  • STAP in Heterogeneous Clutter Environments


  • STAP Weight Estimation
  • SMTI Target Parameter Estimation
  • SMTI Mode Implementation and Processing Chain
  • Target Recognition
  • Bistatic SMTI
  • Space-Based Radar SMTI
  • Long Dwell Operation


Requirements & Materials



  • The course director will work with the instructor to provide all materials, including lecture notebooks.

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, managers, and operators of radar systems engaged in the detection, location, identification, and tracking of ground and surface moving targets.

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What You Will Learn

  • SMTI radar fundamentals
  • SMTI signal and array processing
  • SMTI radar signals
  • SMTI advanced techniques
  • SMTI operation and processing architecture
  • SMTI radar engineering and system examples
  • SMTI radar exploitation and contemporary topics
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How You Will Benefit

  • Acquire a complete understanding of SMTI radar fundamentals.
  • Understand SMTI signal and array processing methods essential to effective air- or space-to-ground radar operation.
  • Learn about SMTI radar signal modeling, operation, and processing flow.
  • Enhance SMTI radar engineering skills and radar exploitation methods.
  • Develop a comprehensive perspective on aerospace SMTI radar essential to understanding current systems or providing a foundation for the development of new capability.
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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.

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