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Passive Bistatic Radar (PBR) for harbour protection applications

: O'Hagan, D.W.; Capria, A.; Petri, D.; Kubica, V.; Greco, M.; Berizzi, F.; Stove, A.G.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society -AESS-:
IEEE Radar Conference, RADAR 2012. Proceedings. Vol.1 : Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 7 - 11 May 2012
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4673-0658-4 (online)
ISBN: 978-1-4673-0656-0 (print)
Radar Conference (RADAR) <2012, Atlanta/Ga.>
Fraunhofer FHR ()

In this paper we investigate the feasibility of using Passive Bistatic Radar, PBR, to provide security for a harbour area. There have been numerous publications on the suitability of passive radar for air surveillance applications. However, this paper focuses predominantly on maritime applications. We investigate the ability of passive radar to detect, track, and eventually manage, marine vessels (boats). The paper includes a case-study of the Livorno Harbour in Italy. Livorno has been chosen as it represents a busy maritime hub. Simulations are provided to determine the theoretical radar performance, which are then compared with experimental results from a DVB-T-based passive radar. It will be shown that passive radars represent a viable solution for harbour protection applications.