Sensor Fusion Using Electro-optic and Radar Signal Modulation Data

Period of Performance: 08/30/1993 - 08/30/1995


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

American Electronics, Inc.
Lanham, MD 20706
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


The ability to distinguish between friendly, enemy and neutral targets is a major problem in the conduct of modern warfare, where standoff weapons can engage targets at ranges far beyond those at which they can be identified. Identification systems based on Radar Signal Modulation (RSM) technology are one possible solution to this problem, and have been given a high priority in NCTR research. As part of the Phase I research, AMELEX developed and implemented a novel RSM processing algorithm which may have the potential to identify targets at longer ranges and under more adverse conditions than current algorithms. The purpose of this Phase II research is to (1) refine the novel technique developed in Phase I, (2) search for other novel RSM processing techniques, (3) combine these techniques into an optimal RSM ID system capable of handling all the exceptions and special cases which occur in the real world, (4) rigorously test and compare the performance of the new algorighms against current systems, using real-world data provided by NRL. If successful, Phase III would involve developing real-time implementations of the new algorithms for incorporation into existing RSM processing hardware.