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MARS

MARS is a Software Tool that provides real-time, physical and high-fidelity radar simulation of the principal A/A and A/S modes of modern airborne pulse-doppler radars. Developed as a PC-based modular structure, the tool can be easily customized for different flight simulators. 

MARS implements physical models of radar devices and external environment to guarantee high-performance radar simulation. Proven for over 15 years in the ASTA Typhoon European consortium simulator, MARS implements both mechanically scanner Captor radars (M-SCAN) and electronically scanned Captor radars (E-SCAN). It can be easily customized for other specific radar equipment. Many parameters from the data package of a real radar apparatus can be directly used to customize configuration files, maximizing the fidelity of the radar simulation. 

MARS is a SW COTS product which requires commercial hardware only. Released for several Operating Systems, the SW written in ANSI C/C++, it is platform independent and it has got a parallel distributed architecture. MARS supports a variety of interfaces in order to be used both in stand-alone environment and integrated within more sophisticated simulation systems, where distributed memories or communication are used.

The MARS DBGS is the offline software tool developed to build the radar scenario database for the MARS real-time system. It has been designed to import and manipulate several standard GIS input formats. 

Main features
  • Synthetic detection capabilities of air and ground targets
  • Realistic simulation of search modes, tracking modes, combat acquisition and locking modes
  • Simulation of the principal Air-to-Surface non-coherent modes
  • Physical simulation of High Resolution radar mapping modes, reproducing the base-band IQ signals of the received echoes and the FFT processing
  • ECM simulation: noise-like and deception jammers, chaffs
  • Customizable configuration for simulation of radar transmitter, receiver and antenna gain pattern
  • Simulation of sum and difference channels, monopulse measurements
  • Swerling models for target radar cross section
  • Multipath effects: far shore brightening, building edge brightening
  • Simulation of terrain, including different Weibull statistics for terrain reflectivity and sea reflectivity modelling according to Beaufort scale
  • Complex weather simulation: different precipitation types and intensities, arbitrary shaped clouds arbitrarily positioned in the scenario, turbulence and vector 3D wind field
  • Management of different levels of security depending on the input data and algorithms used 
     

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