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Radar Overlay - Electronic Protection Systems

Solutions that Support the Entire System Development Lifecycle

Use powerful DSP technology that supports your system development lifecycle, from electronic warfare algorithm prototyping to simulation of ultrawide bandwidth RF environments.

Today, the dynamic congestion contained within the electromagnetic spectrum from other emitters, jammers, and interferers demands higher fidelity instruments to accurately simulate the environments represented in the field to ensure radar electronic protection systems are fully tested, so our military forces can detect realistic threats and stay out of harm’s way.

Engineers need technology and integrated measurement tools that accurately capture and recreate the physical and electromagnetic environment exposed during field operations. These tools are used in all stages of development, from rapid prototyping, to verification & validation, through mission readiness test.

Capture and Recreate RF Environments in New Ways

On the analysis side, Tektronix technology is used to capture, visualize and trigger on threats and electronic countermeasure responses. Discover the true RF signature of a signal of interest (SOI) in spectrum and analyze the physical characteristics of signals of interest even if they are hidden within or are under other signals. Record, stream and tag SOI in real time during the most challenging demonstration and validation events. 

When it comes to simulation, radar design measurements call for exhaustive, realistic stimulus signals. Tektronix technology is capable of directly generating complex radar signals through the entire Ku band with breakthrough DAC conversion performance. Create conditional sequences that play back from memory for long or infinite scenarios.

Radar & Electronic Warfare Solutions

EW Algorithm Prototyping

The nature of electronic warfare requires engineers to constantly enhance their systems, which often puts a lot of pressure in demonstrating the functionality of new algorithms.

In the past, one effective way to reduce the timeline and budget of producing a prototype was to use commercial off the shelf (COTS) spectrum analysis equipment with the ability to stream I/Q data, combined with custom hardware that would process the digital signals and generate the appropriate response.

Tektronix has pioneered an even more streamlined solution that avoids the use of custom hardware altogether: by combining the digitization and customization tasks into one instrument, the RSA7100 Series.

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Electronic Warfare Aircraft - EW Algorithm Prototyping

RF Record & Playback 

Spectrum management, RF interference analysis, signal acquisition, product testing and validation, RF system design, communication security, and academic research, all routinely perform or can benefit from the ability to capture signal activity “off-the-air” continuously over long periods, digitize and store it, and play it back. High-performance real-time spectrum (signal) analyzers are excellent equipment for capturing signal information over short or long duration periods, digitizing it with high fidelity, and storing it. However, when long-term signal capture is required, most of the spectrum analyzers only can be employed as the "front end" of recording because of the limited internal storage (SSD size dependent). Thus, recording and playback solutions which can continuously record and store signal-capture data for hours or days are necessary. The function generators or arbitrary waveform generators will be used as the playback components.

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DPX density trigger allows the RSA to trigger on signals underneath other signals when separated by time or distinguished by their density of occurrence.

RF Troubleshooting

Debugging RF systems today requires an understanding of the complex interplay between RF, digital, and time domain signals. RF noise from power and digital lines make troublesome sources without the tools to track them down and correlate behavior across various systems. Tektronix offers complete, single instrument solutions that allow you to fully understand the signals you’re creating, need to work with, or need to work around.

When compliance is required, pre-compliance testing for violations can save project timelines and budgets by allowing you to catch and fix issues without regulator testing. Together, Tektronix hardware and software allow automated testing with built-in standards, and even the ability to define your own, custom requirements with configurable frequency ranges and limit line tables.

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RF Troubleshooting Screen

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