Rohde & Schwarz Inc.

An Introduction to Passive Radar Systems

Published by Rohde & Schwarz Inc.

 A test and measurement perspective

In this white paper, Rohde & Schwarz introduce the concept and operating principles of passive radar systems. They review the basics of bistatic radars and introduce the concept of emitters of opportunity (EoO) and their ideal qualities. They discuss how satellites can be used as EoOs and evaluate the role of satellite illumination and forward scattering. Rohde & Schwarz also consider how passive radar can be applied to stealth technologies and highlight examples of operational passive radar systems. The white paper concludes with a review of technolo gies that can be used during research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) of passive radar systems.

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