Functional Validation for Modern Radar Systems

Radar test engineers must test in realistic scenarios to evaluate system-level performance. Target generators are often used to simulate targets for test. However, the increasing complexity of modern radars 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 test requirements include:


  • Identifying functional radar issues prior to costly open-air range tests

  • Delivering integrated radar capabilities on a tight schedule

  • Adapting to new radar waveforms and modes by simulating multiple realistic targets with independent range, velocity, and attitude

  • Testing signal-level parametric properties along with system-level functionality in a single test station

  • ​Increasing access to realistic test capabilities early in the design process

Radar Target Generation Software

  • The PXI Vector Signal Transceiver (VST) unlocks closed-loop, low-latency, real-time radar test capability.
  • Including the VST in a modular PXI Express system enables you to scale your radar test station to multiple channels.
  • Using RFmx measurement software with the VST, you can add signal spectrum and parametric test capabilities to your test station.
  • Custom coprocessing may be implemented on a PXIe-6594 high-speed serial instrument, which features a powerful Xilinx Kintex UltraScale+ FPGA.
  • To expand to high-fidelity environment emulation capabilities, consider partnering with one of NI’s radar test partners for expert guidance.

Solution Advantages

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Radar Target Generation Software Solutions Brochure

Learn more about the NI Radar Target Generation Software, including key signal characteristics, software functionality, target parameters, and more.