Hierarchical classification of dynamically varying radar pulse repetition interval modulation patterns.

Tampere University of Technology, Department of Signal Processing, Tampere, Finland.
Neural networks: the official journal of the International Neural Network Society (Impact Factor: 2.71). 12/2010; 23(10):1226-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.neunet.2010.06.008
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ABSTRACT The central purpose of passive signal intercept receivers is to perform automatic categorization of unknown radar signals. Currently, there is an urgent need to develop intelligent classification algorithms for these devices due to emerging complexity of radar waveforms. Especially multifunction radars (MFRs) capable of performing several simultaneous tasks by utilizing complex, dynamically varying scheduled waveforms are a major challenge for automatic pattern classification systems. To assist recognition of complex radar emissions in modern intercept receivers, we have developed a novel method to recognize dynamically varying pulse repetition interval (PRI) modulation patterns emitted by MFRs. We use robust feature extraction and classifier design techniques to assist recognition in unpredictable real-world signal environments. We classify received pulse trains hierarchically which allows unambiguous detection of the subpatterns using a sliding window. Accuracy, robustness and reliability of the technique are demonstrated with extensive simulations using both static and dynamically varying PRI modulation patterns.

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