Mobile RCS and Imaging Radars

A special capability offered by the Radar Signature Management Group enables target RCS and imaging measurements to be made in the operational environment. The subject platform can in these circumstances, for example, make representative operational manoeuvres or deploy countermeasuressuch as chaff. The Company owns and operates three mobile, fully instrumented, measurement radar systems, allowing signature data to be gathered from land, sea or airborne locations. Comprehensive measurements are possible in all the radar threat bands from 100 MHz to 100 GHz.

The radars have been specifically designed and developed to provide state-of-the-art performance at trials locations worldwide. International acceptance of this capability has resulted in the radars having been used throughout the UK, Europe and in the USA, on a variety of different platforms.

The performance offered by these advanced radars is exceptional, and they utilise both frequency and polarisation agility, on a pulse-by-pulse basis, in order to acquire high resolution measurement data simultaneously. In addition to their pulse by pulse agility, the radars also utilise a variety of wide-band intra-pulse modulation bandwidths enabling the achievement of ultra-high range discrimination. Target imaging (SAR or ISAR) has been achieved to better than 10 cm resolution.

MIDAS - Mobile Instrumented Data Acquisition System
MCR - Maritime Cliff-top Radar

MIDAS and MCR are the land-mobile radar facilities which have been designed for quick deployment use in land-based radar trials. Targets can
be tracked accurately in their normal
operating environment using optical, thermal imaging and radar tracking techniques, to ensure consistent illumination of the subject platform during the radar data gathering exercise. The MIDAS can also conduct aircraft trials whilst ‘slaved’ to a stand-alone mono-pulse tracking system.

The facilities can also be configured for use from other platforms, such as ships, where it can be used for measurements supporting Radar Ocean Imaging programmes.

Another application using the MIDAS is to fit the associated RF assemblies onto a crane boom, thus achieving variable depression angles, support MTI and turntable (ISAR) programmes.

Extended cable looms connect the RF and control infrastructure to the radar system.

The MIDAS can also be configured to operate in a dynamic drive-by mode, collecting SAR data in support of target identification programmes.

Technical Specifications

Operates from static or moving vehicle
• Multi-mode
• Multi-band
• Continuous frequency band coverage
• Fully coherent
• Fully Polarimetric


Frequency Bands
A, B & C 100 to 600MHz
F 2.9 to 3.4GHz
I 9.0 t0 11.25GHz
J 15.5 to 16.0GHz
K 34.25 to 36.5GHz
M 93.75 to 94.25GHz

Continuous frequency coverage from 10MHz to 110GHz is also available.

Linear, vertical and horizontal Circular left and right-handed


Azimuth and elevation control using boresighted optical tracking system.
Continuous scanning up to 300 deg/s
Sector scanning at up to 40 deg/s

Many different antenna configurations are
available to suit the application.

Pulse-by-pulse data recording
User definable transmit waveforms
Simultaneous two-channel, co and/or cross-polar receiver

Data Gathering Modes
High Range Resolution
Ultra-High Range Resolution

These unique systems are fully supported by experienced staff who manage the operation of these systems. In addition to carrying out of
the measurements, our staff can help our customers prepare detailed reports and set up post-processing data utilization assistance.

In addition, Antenna Wireless Inc. certification training programs are available for our customers for independent operation of these