Automatic Target Recognition by Radar Could improve Air Support

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Raytheon is planning to demonstrate an advanced target recognition technology which could accurately detect hostile moving targets from stand-off range. By autumn 2008 the new technology will be tested in a laboratory and subsequently tested in flight by spring 2009.

Raytheon expects to demonstrate the new Air-to-Ground Radar Imaging II technology program, validating its capability to detect, track and target hostile mobile ground targets from a significant standoff distances. Advanced high-resolution radar can monitor activity from distances of more than 50 miles. However, conventional ATR requires high resolution data commonly obtained at much closer distances. The software developed by Raytheon and team members BAE Systems and SAIC, is designed to provide automatic target recognition system at standoff range, based on feeds obtained from radars, carried by manned or unmanned aircraft.