Validate Radar Systems

​Validation engineers need to test radar in realistic scenarios to evaluate system-level performance. Target generators are often used to simulate targets for test; however, the increasing complexity of modern radar and their operating environments make it challenging to achieve adequate test coverage through simulation. Additionally, the application-specific nature of radar systems means test requirements can vary widely from system to system. Common radar target generation requirements include:

 

  • Simulating multiple targets with individual position, velocity, and attitude

  • Applying per-target delay, attenuation, Doppler shift, and RCS modeling 

  • Implementing models for atmospheric propagation, terrain clutter, and multipath 

 

System-Level Radar Test Solution

  • Phase-coherent multichannel RF acquisition and generation with subnanosecond synchronization using PXI Vector Signal Transceivers and NI-TClk.

  • Closed-loop, low-latency scenario simulation with real-time signal processing using FlexRIO FPGA modules, which are user-programmable with LabVIEW FPGA or Xilinx's Vivado Design Suite. 

  • Modular I/O platform provides flexibility to interface with radar at multiple test points: high-speed digital, direct-inject IF, and/or over-the-air RF.

  • Results recorded to the cloud or local RAID as full I/Q spectral data, parameterized results, or measurement metrics.

Solution Advantages

Build Your Solution with the NI Ecosystem

NI offers a variety of solution integration options customized to your application-specific requirements. You can use your own internal integration teams for full system control or leverage the expertise of NI and our worldwide NI Partner Network to obtain a turnkey solution.

NI Partner Network

The NI Partner Network is a global community of domain, application, and overall test development experts working closely with NI to meet the needs of the engineering community. NI Partners are trusted solution providers, systems integrators, consultants, product developers, and services and sales channel experts skilled across a wide range of industries and application areas.

Services and Support

NI works with customers throughout the life of an application, delivering training, technical support, consultation and integration services, and maintenance programs. Teams can discover new skills by participating in NI-specific and geographic user groups and build proficiency with online and in-person training.

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