Camber Corporation's Radar Toolkit® provides the most comprehensive real-time radar simulation software package currently available. A Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) product, the Radar Toolkit® provides a flexible basis for the simulation of both current and future radar systems in support of training and engineering applications.
The Radar Toolkit® can be installed on Windows or Linux-based PC workstations, in either single or multi-processor platforms. The standard configuration for an integrated simulator system is a 2 processor system with 1 Gigabyte of RAM, though the specific requirements are dependent on many factors including scan rate, spares requirements, number of active targets/models and occult points, and modes required. The Camber Radar Toolkit® is in use around the world in support of every type of radar simulation from Full Flight Simulators and Classroom Desktop Trainers to Avionic design and engineering projects.
We also offer customized packages to suit your needs:
- Fighter Radar packages
- ISAR packages
- Surveillance Radar Simulation packages
- Weather Radar Simulation (WXRS) packages
The Radar Toolkit® provides software components required to build a simple Ground Mapping Digital Radar Landmass Simulation. The landmass model includes terrain elevation, feature elevation, and feature type and material coding. This allows a full fidelity radar model with realistic radar landmass returns and shadows for any geometry of the simulated radar and the environment.
Camber's radar simulation is a complex, real-world, energy level model of the interaction of the emitted radio transmissions and the simulated environment. The software follows an object-oriented design based on the physical components being simulated. Its component-based design provides ease of use, allowing a user familiar with radar systems to quickly prototype complex radar systems and modes which include ground, weather, aircraft, ships, and ground vehicle returns. The radar returns from different sources interact in an appropriate and realistic manner.
Simulated Radar Effects
- Ownship Altitude and Attitude Effects
- Range and Atmospheric Attenuation
- Antenna Beam Pattern
- Refraction and Earth Curvature Effects
- Radar Shadowing
- Terrain/Feature/Target Masking
- Far Shore Brightening
- Sea State
- Aspect Effects (Terrain, Features, Targets)
- Receiver Sensitivity
- Sidelobe Effects
- Surface Material Effects (Reflectivity, Directivity)
- Glitter (Glint)
- Occulting Effects
- Weather and Chaff Effects
Radar Parameters and Signal Processing Effects
All relevant radar parameters are accounted for in the Radar Toolkit®; including frequency, transmit power, antenna gain and beam width, scan rate, pulse width, Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF), Frequency Band, integration time, and other mode specific parameters. Each of the following radar effects is simulated:
- Antenna (scan rate, beam patterns, gimbal limits and turnaround)
- Radar Resolution
- Range Scales
- Pulse Length effects
- Receiver Noise
- Scan Conversion effects
- Geometric Distortion
- Frequency Band
- Transmitter Power
- Sensitivity Time Control (STC)
- Receiver Gain, including AGC
- Sample and Hold
- Receiver Detection
Weather radar simulation is supported in the Radar Toolkit® by a weather model that provides irregularly shaped rain cells with multiple levels of precipitation. This enables such radar weather modes as Iso-Echo. Multiple weather patterns can be displayed simultaneously, and rain cells interact accurately with the other components of the simulation. Rain cells generate radar returns and attenuate returns from other rain cells, returns from targets, returns from terrain, and emissions from jammers. The weather patterns can be placed anywhere in the gaming area and may move dynamically based on host inputs such as the wind direction and wind speed.
The Radar Toolkit® has been proven to support over 20,000 moving models. The number of moving models is user controlled, and each model is defined by a lookup table of radar cross section (RCS) values. The RCS is aspect-dependent and is used to compute the return signal level for the target.
The standard system can run stand-alone or as an integrated part of a trainer. A graphical interface provided with the system includes a host emulator; the stand-alone mode displays the radar image in an OpenGL window on the system console, and the user can readily manipulate normal radar controls and simulation specific parameters. These controls give the user the capability to control characteristics of the radar simulation, thus allowing them to test and demonstrate the effects of changes. The Radar Toolkit® can be used as a teaching tool or a fully integrated simulation in a pilot trainer.
The user has complete control over the interface between the Radar Toolkit® and the simulation host computer, and can easily add capability or adapt to a new simulation host computer or interface device. The standard interface between the host and the Toolkit is Ethernet. The Toolkit has been interfaced with a wide variety of computers including Encore, Concurrent, Digital Equipment, Harris, and others, using Ethernet, Systran ScramNet, Encore HSD, Digital DR11-W and Reflective memory interface boards.
Radar Display Interface
The Radar Toolkit® can utilize the graphics hardware to generate the radar image display; hence, any display format supported by the graphics hardware will be supported by a Toolkit-based radar simulation (the standard COTS Radar Toolkit® outputs an OpenGL display). Alternatively, the Toolkit can use an independent programmable graphics board such as Camber's 8510 Video Board, 7010 ARINC 453/708A Video Board, or a custom display board. Camber has designed and integrated custom video boards on several trainers in the past.
Depending on the end user and the application, an export license may be required before final shipment. Please contact us to further discuss.