Radar Toolbox


Radar Toolbox

Design, simulate, and test multifunction radar systems

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Radar Applications

Simulate multifunction radars for automotive, surveillance, and SAR applications. Synthesize radar signals to train machine and deep learning models for target and signal classification.

Automotive Radar

Design probabilistic and physics-based radar sensor models. Simulate MIMO antennas, waveforms, I/Q radar signals. Generate micro-Doppler signatures, detections, clusters and tracks.

Ghost detections due to Radar Multipath Reflections.

Multifunction and Cognitive Radar

Perform closed-loop radar simulation for multifunction radar systems. Model systems that respond to environmental conditions using waveform selection, pulse repetition frequency (PRF) agility, frequency agility, and interference mitigation.

Adaptive tracking of Maneuvering targets in radar coverage.

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

Estimate SAR link budgets for airborne and space applications. Simulate and test image formation algorithms for spotlight and stripmap modes.

The effect of speckles has been reduced by performing multi-looking processing by making a trade-off for image resolution.

Multi-look processing range and azimuth direction.

Radar Systems Engineering

Simulate radar architectures that connect requirements to models and tests. Analyze radar link budgets. Predict detection and tracking performance in different environments.

Radar Architecture Modeling

With System Composer, develop architectures for multifunction radars that include subsystem componentization, traceability, and requirements-based testing.

System Composer with radar design and panel to show requirements status.

Radar architecture integrated with radar subsystem models.

Detecting and Tracking Statistics for Radar Equations

Explore designs using the Radar Designer app to populate radar equations for searching and tracking. Visualize results interactively to compare design choices. Determine detectability factors, receiver operating characteristics (ROC), and tracker operating characteristics (TOC) and generate range-angle-height (Blake) charts.

Radar Designer App with active design shown including requirements, stoplight chart, and pattern plots.

Interactively designing systems with the Radar Designer app.

Antenna and Receiver Gains and Losses

Calculate beam and scanning loss, beam-dwell factor, eclipsing loss, noise figure, matching loss, pulse integration loss, CFAR loss, and MTI loss.

Radar Stoplight Chart for effective probability of detection. Plot shows where objectives and thresholds set for design are met.

Effective probability of detection stoplight chart.

Environment and Clutter

Model and analyze radar propagation effects of land and sea clutter; atmospheric attenuation due to gas, fog, rain and snow; and lens effects losses. Characterize clutter using sea state and permittivity in addition to land surface with vegetation type and permittivity.

Terrain-based map showing combined target coverage area for two radar systems.

Planning radar coverage in the presence of terrain.

Radar Data Synthesis

Design radar sensor models; signal, detection and track generators; propagation channels; clutter; target radar cross section (RCS); and micro-Doppler signatures. Create realistic radar scenarios for airborne, ground-based, and shipborne platforms and ground-truth trajectories.

Radar Sensor Models: Signal, Detection, and Track Generators

Simulate radar data at probabilistic or physics-based levels of abstraction. For faster simulations, generate probabilistic radar detections and tracks to test tracking and sensor fusion algorithms. Alternatively, higher fidelity physics-based simulations start with transmitted waveforms, propagate signals through the environment, reflect them off targets, and receive them at the radar.

Radar Scenes: Land and Sea Surface Models

Model land and sea surfaces to generate radar surface returns across different abstraction levels. Assess the effects of surface occlusions on probabilistic detections and received I/Q signals. Synthesize radar data from a realistic scene, including surface models with custom reflectivity map and Speckle to test and evaluate image formation algorithms.

Model land and sea surfaces in the radar scenario.

Radar Scenario Generation

Create realistic radar scenarios for airborne, ground-based, and shipborne platforms and targets. Model platform motion and orientation based on waypoints and trajectories or by simulating inertial navigation systems. Visualize and record the time evolution of the radar scenario.

Multitarget scenario for radar system.

Radar Signal and Data Processing

Design waveform libraries for multifunction radars. Develop algorithms for detecting targets in the presence of noise and clutter. Estimate range, angle, and Doppler responses for radar targets. Perform clustering and multitarget tracking on radar returns.

Waveform Libraries and Doppler Estimation

Create pulse compression libraries of waveforms with corresponding matched filtering and stretch processing. Estimate received signal parameters. Determine direction-of-arrival, detection, range, angle, and Doppler responses of targets and interference sources.

Plot of radar received power vs. range before and after MTI filtering. Two targets are visible after MTI filtering.

Removing ground clutter with moving target indication (MTI) filtering.


Cluster radar detections generated from radar returns on extended objects using density-based algorithms.

Plot of eight sets of clustered detections of extended objects using DBSCAN clustering algorithm.

Clustered detections of extended objects using a DBSCAN algorithm.

Search and track scheduling for multifunction phased array radar.