A ground-based radar at the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll.

Advanced Sensor Systems and Test Beds

Sensors play a critical role in air and ballistic missile defense by detecting, tracking, and characterizing threats. Our staff design, develop, and prototype innovative advanced sensor systems and employment architectures for air defense systems and the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. We develop some of the world's most sophisticated radar and optical systems at the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll and have taken a lead role in developing and modernizing the Department of Defense's long-range airborne surveillance platforms. In addition, we actively develop new techniques and system designs for high-frequency radar. Our group designs and fields test beds, and prototypes experimental systems that help to evaluate and demonstrate discrimination algorithms, sensor fusion, and signal processing concepts for improved performance of over-the-horizon radars and airborne air defense radars.

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