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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by AndyS, Apr 13, 2007.

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  1. AndyS

    AndyS Guest

    Andy asks:

    This question just popped into my head, and I wonder if there
    are any ex-military radar engineers who can answer it.......

    On the AWACS aircraft, the antenna is mounted atop the
    aircraft... When it looks , the aircraft wings and fuselage
    have got to be blocking the emission, as well as the return,
    for a part of the scan....
    Or , at least, distorting the angular information in the

    So, my question is, how does the system compensate for
    this ?

    Andy, ex-radar systems engineer.... retired
  2. linnix

    linnix Guest

    Just a guess.
    Perhaps they fly upside down while looking.
  3. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    Mind your own self, I'm a twit.

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  4. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Perhaps they don't want to look down because there's too much misery
    down there ;-)

    But seriously, I guess the goal is nearly horizontal long range scanning
    and distortions caused by metal objects in the near field that aren't
    immediately blocking the path can be corrected in the beamforming
    process. That's how we do that in ultrasound.
  5. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

  6. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    My guess is, they use a directional antenna and don't point it at
    the wings and stuff. It is long-range, after all - it's only
    interested in what's above the horizon.

    Hope This Helps!
  7. My guess is, they use a directional antenna and don't point it at
    Yeah, weren't these deployed in "friendly" airspace looking over the borders
    into "hostile" territory? They're a long-range tool: "Don't care what's below
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