Probability of Helicopter Blade Flash Interception in Search Radar
Helicopter main rotor blade flashes in radar measurements are an oft-used feature for target classification. While focus is often placed on being able to detect them, little attention has been given to what is required to ensure that they are reliably and persistently intercepted. Using mathematical analysis and simulation, this paper explores the probability of helicopter blade flash interception in search radar. The effects of radar antenna azimuth beamwidth, scan rate, and waveform on the average probability of intercept for two-bladed helicopter blade flashes (a worst-case scenario) are examined. The results presented provide an upper bound on achievable flash detection performance and can be used to understand and optimize the performance of helicopter classification modes.