MIMO radar concept with a towed antenna array

Sukhjit Pooni, Alp Sayin, Andrew Stove, Michail Antoniou, Mikhail Cherniakov

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This paper introduces an alternative type of radar system for airborne surveillance. The system concept comprises a co-located Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) radar array that is towed by an airborne platform. This could allow the realisation of a wide antenna, giving a narrow beamwidth, that is a usual requirement for localising fixed and moving targets, while optimise the trade-off between the size/weight of a radar array and its length. At the same time, a MIMO structure could allow compensation of errors that may occur due to turbulence during flight. The paper considers methods and proof of concept experimental results which show that the latter is plausible. Correction for antenna deformations is considered as one of the most significant scientific challenges in the concept's further consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Radar Systems (Radar 2017)
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78561-672-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-78561-673-0
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2018
Event2017 International Conference on Radar Systems, Radar 2017: International Conference on Radar Systems - Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Oct 201726 Oct 2017


Conference2017 International Conference on Radar Systems, Radar 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • MIMO radar
  • Towed array

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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