5 September 1989 Area MTI - A Multiple Scan Signal Processing Technique
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This paper presents Area Moving Target Indication (Area MTI) as a signal processing technique for the detection of slow moving or tangentially moving targets. The work was performed by the Rome Air Development Center (RADC) in their study of the Bird/Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) problem at Dover AFB. A radar for bird hazard warnings was necessary to cope with the large numbers of birds wintering at several wildlife refuges located near the base. Such a radar presents a formidable surveillance/tracking problem, and Area MTI has the potential to provide a solution to this problem. Although the improvement obtained was less than the ultimate rejection capability of conventional MTI, the Area MTI did result in a relative enhancement for the detection of slow and tangential moving targets. Additional techniques to improve performance are currently being investigated, for example, integration of conventional MTI and Area MTI. It is expected this technique will enhance the detection of target returns suppressed by conventional MTI while retaining Area MTI's high "average" improvement factor.
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Vincent C. Vannicola, Russell D. Brown, Michael C. Wicks, "Area MTI - A Multiple Scan Signal Processing Technique", Proc. SPIE 1096, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1989, (5 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960338; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.960338
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