A Software Engineering Approach on Developing a Real Time Radar Target Generator for Airborne Targets


  • Ftoon Kedwan Assistant Professor, Software Engineering Department, College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, University of Prince Mugrin, Medina, Saudi Arabia




radar target generator, software engineering, airborne targets, radar system


This paper presents a novel method of a radar system testing in a simulated environment using an artificial Target Generator. This work follows the software engineering approach into implementing the radar software system. Waterfall software development life cycle model if adopted for the Target Generator radar system implementation. The radar system can measure any type of radar target parameters supplied by a Radar Controller and can also transmit any radar signals generated by the Radar Target Generator. This work is essential for radar-related software development, testing, production, and maintenance. If radar targets are to be tested using real flights, though it would produce accurate performance testing results, it would consume increased amounts of time and would be prohibitively costly and complex. Additionally, there is no guaranteed method of flying multiple flights with the same velocity, acceleration, direction, azimuth (angle), altitude, etc. The slight change in every flight affects the accuracy of the final testing results. Hence, virtual radar targets are generated in real time via a virtual flight-testing environment to allow radar systems to be tested with flexible parameters’ settings and high accuracy results. To accomplish this, aircraft dynamics, aircraft’s Radar Cross Section (RCS), and other environmental effects are adjusted and customized in the virtual radar system testing environment. Then, the system will be ready to simulate as many flights as needed. This proposed software proved to be a faster and a more cost-effective solution. It is also programmable in any object-oriented programming language. In addition, due to the high modularity programming approach followed, this implementation is highly scalable and upgradable to any advanced deployment environment, such as governmental platforms.


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How to Cite

Kedwan, F. (2024). A Software Engineering Approach on Developing a Real Time Radar Target Generator for Airborne Targets. Applied Science and Engineering Journal for Advanced Research, 3(2), 1–34. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10846637