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Stimson's Introduction to Airborne Radar, 3rd Edition
Editors: Hugh D. Griffiths, Christopher J. Baker, Dave Adamy

Copyright: 2014 (May)
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 730 (Full Color Throughout)
ISBN: 9781613530221
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Has any technical book, radar or otherwise, presented the fundamentals and applications of a topic with such clarity and interest as George Stimson's masterpiece has? Over 50,000 happy Stimson owners would say, "not likely!" Now a skilled and respected team of radar and EW engineers, working closely with a community of radar advisors and the publisher's editors, have fully modernized coverage and maintained the unique Stimson look and feel. Even the “timeless principles” and core fundamentals of general radar have been updated in wording and new graphics, while the more advanced concepts and applications in airborne radar have been brought into the digital age of radar signal processing and solid state electronics.

Stimson’s is written specifically as an overview without going overboard on the math. Virtually anybody with a knowledge of high school algebra, trigonometry, and physics will be able to read and absorb the vast majority of the material. Living up to its moniker of “Introduction,” Stimson’s contains extensive fundamental materials and practical applications, using visual system exemplars to aid explanations. The unique full color layout is enhanced with an immense number of illustrations, figures, tables, and color photographs.

• Completely covers the wide range of techniques employed in modern airborne and space borne radars.
• Fulfills the needs of those who want to learn about radar, regardless of their technical background.
• Fundamentals are applicable to ground-based radar as well.
• Clear, understandable writing supplemented by extensive graphic illustration of concepts and offset boxes taking those concepts to higher levels.
• All chapters have been modified, some heavily, to remove legacy material and include modern radar techniques.
• Two new sections have been added, covering electronic warfare, and special/advanced topics.

• Military pilots, radar intercept officers, ground crews, and avionics technicians
• Radar engineers and technicians
• Students in radar, aviation, and aeronautics (end of chapter exercises now included for undergraduate and industry training courses)
• Radar marketing and sales personnel

Completely modernized, greatly expanded, but not changed. The true essence of Stimson’s is found in the high quality illustrations, the straightforward writing style, and ability for readers to use both to quickly understand the concepts within each chapter. These hallmarks have been meticulously maintained in the third edition by an expansive community of editors, authors, and reviewers.

Community Reviewed - Over 50 radar experts from organizations worldwide have played a key role in reviewing this book to ensure the memory of George Stimson is honored throughout. Each reviewer was carefully picked for their knowledge, longtime use, and love of the first and second editions.

Modernized - The third edition reflects the major changes in radar systems of the last 15-20 years. These changes include rewording current text and adding new material to show the much more routine adopting of electronic scanning and high resolution imaging, together with much greater use of digital technology.

Expanded - Two new sections have been added including six chapters on electronic warfare, and seven chapters on special topics and advanced techniques.

Part I: Introducing the Radar Concepts
Chapter 1 - Basic Concepts
Chapter 2 - Approaches to Implementation
Chapter 3 - Representative Applications

Part II: Essential Groundwork
Chapter 4 - Radio Waves
Chapter 5 - Radio Waves and Radar Signals
Chapter 6 - Preparatory Math for Radar*

Part III: Fundamentals of Radar
Chapter 7 - Choice of Radio Frequency
Chapter 8 - Directivity and the Antenna Beam
Chapter 9 - Electronically Steered Array (ESA) Antennas
Chapter 10 - ESA Design
Chapter 11 - Pulsed Operation
Chapter 12 - Detection Range
Chapter 13 - The Radar Range Equation, What is Does and Doesn’t Tell Us
Chapter 14 - Radar Receivers and Digitization*
Chapter 15 - Measuring Range and Resolving in Range*
Chapter 16 - Pulse Compression and High Resolution Radar*
Chapter 17 - Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave Ranging*

Part IV: Pulse Doppler Radar
Chapter 18 - Doppler Effect
Chapter 19 - Spectrum of Pulsed Signal
Chapter 20 - The Pulsed Spectrum
Chapter 21 - Digital Filtering*
Chapter 22 - Measuring Range Rate

Part V: Clutter
Chapter 23 - Sources and Spectra of Clutter
Chapter 24 - Effect of Range and Doppler Ambiguities on Clutter
Chapter 25 - Representing Clutter**
Chapter 26 - Separating Ground Moving Targets from Clutter

Part VI: Air-to-Air Operation
Chapter 27 - The Crucial Choice of PRF
Chapter 28 - Low PRF Operation
Chapter 29 - Medium PRF Operation
Chapter 30 - High PRF Operation
Chapter 31 - Automatic Tracking*

Part VII: Imaging Radar
Chapter 32 - Radar and Resolution*
Chapter 33 - Imaging Methods*
Chapter 34 - Image Formation and Processing
Chapter 35 - SAR System Design

Part VIII: Radar and Electronic Warfare**
Chapter 36 - Electronic Warfare: Terms and Concepts
Chapter 37 - Electronic Warfare Support
Chapter 38 - Electronic Attack
Chapter 39 - Electronic Protection
Chapter 40 - Decoys
Chapter 41 - Low Probability of Intercept

Part IX: Special Topics and Advanced Concepts**
Chapter 42 - Antenna Radar Cross Section Reduction
Chapter 43 - Processor Architectures
Chapter 44 - Bistatic Radar
Chapter 45 - Multistatic Radar and MIMO
Chapter 46 - Waveform Design
Chapter 47 - Target Classification
Chapter 48 - Emerging Concepts

Part X: Representative Radar Systems
Chapter 49 - Reconnaissance & Surveillance*
Chapter 50 - Fighter & Attack*
Chapter 51 - Strategic Bombing
Chapter 52 - Attack Helicopter
Chapter 53 - Transport/Tanker Navigation
Chapter 54 - Civil Applications*

All chapters have been modified and modernized with current radar technologies and many new illustrations showing the advances in the past 15-20 years.
* Heavily Modified
** All New


Hugh GriffithsHugh D. Griffiths received PhD and DSc(Eng) degrees from the University of London. From 1982-2006 he was with University College London. Since 2006 he has been Principal of the Defence College of Management and Technology, Cranfield University, which is part of the UK’s Defence Academy. His research interests include radar and sonar systems, signal processing (particularly synthetic aperture radar and bistatic and multistatic radar), as well as antennas and antenna measurements. Griffiths has received numerous awards and he serves on the IEEE AESS Board of Governors, on the IEEE AESS Radar Systems Panel, and as Editor-in-Chief of IET Proceedings on Radar, Sonar and Navigation. He served as Chairman of the IEE International Radar Conference RADAR 2002 in Edinburgh, UK and he has advisory roles for the UK Ministry of Defence. He is a Fellow of the IEE and the IEEE and, in 1997, he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2013, he won the prestigious AF Harvey prize from the IET, honoring an exceptional individual researcher for their outstanding achievements and promising future research.

Christopher BakerChristopher J. Baker is the Ohio Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at The Ohio State University. Until June 2011 he was the Dean and Director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems based at University College London. Professor Baker is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium and is a Fellow of the IET. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, Cranfield University, University College London and Adelaide University. He has been actively engaged in radar system research since 1984 and is the author of over two hundred publications. His research interests include: coherent radar techniques, radar signal processing, radar signal interpretation, electronically scanned radar systems, natural echo locating systems and radar imaging.

Dave AdamyDave Adamy is an internationally recognized expert in electronic warfare. He has 47 years experience as a systems engineer and program technical director, developing EW systems from DC to Light, deployed on platforms from submarines to space, with specifications from QRC to high reliability. For the last 26 years, he has run his own company, performing studies for the US Government and defense contractors. He has also presented dozens of courses in the US, Europe and Australia on Electronic Warfare and related subjects. He has published over 180 professional articles on Electronic Warfare, receiver system design and closely related subjects, including the popular EW101 column in the Journal of Electronic Defense. He has eleven books in print and is a past National President of the Association of Old Crows.

Christopher D. Bailey (Chapters 9, 10, and 42) is Associate Chief of the Radar Systems Division of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). he has 15 years experience with phased array design, analysis and modeling, and architecture trades. Chris has written numerous reports on phased array technology and regularly teaches phased array courses with the Georgia Tech Defense Technology Education Program.

David Blacknell (Chapter 46) is Fellow at the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and a visiting professor at University College London. He is a recognized international expert on radar image exploitation and has published over 90 journal and conference papers. He has worked at the GEC-Marconi Research Centre, at QinetiQ, and held the Chair in Radar Systems at Cranfield University.

Shannon D. Blunt (Chapters 16 and 46) is Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Kansas where he is Director of the Radar Systems & Remote Sensing Lab. He was recipient of the IEEE/AESS Nathanson Memorial Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, and multiple teaching awards at the University of Kansas. He is Chair of the NATO SET-179 research task group on Dynamic Waveform Diversity & Design.

Eli Brookner (Chapters 9, 10, and 42) is a global radar authority known for his contributions to airborne, intelligence, space, air-traffic control and defense mission systems. Retired Principal Engineering Fellow from Raytheon Company's Integrated Defense Systems, he has played a key role in many major radar and phased-array radar systems developed during the past 40 years. Over 10,000 engineers and students have attended his lectures.

Anthony M. Kinghorn (Chapters 14 and 15) is Chief Technical Officer (RF Systems) at Selex ES and is responsible for advanced radar research and development programs. With over 35 years' experience in the field of airborne radar, he has played a leading role in the technical research and development of a number of key systems including the Captor multimode radar for Eurofighter Typhoon and a range of AESA radar systems both for fighter aircraft and airborne surveillance platforms.

Ronald McDivitt (Chapter 43) is Chief Engineer in the Advanced Projects Group at Selex ES and is responsible for engineering innovative solutions for numerous sensor research and development programs. He has been a principal contributor to the architecture and design of the radar processor for the Captor multimode radar for Eurofighter Typhoon and a number of other AESA radars.

James M. Stiles (Chapters 32-35) is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Kansas and currently Associate Director of the KU Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, the unit that houses the Radar Systems & Remote Sensing Lab (RSL). He is author of more than 50 refereed papers and winner of both Distinguished Research and Teaching Professorship teaching awards.

Simon Watts (Chapters 23-26) is Deputy Scientific Director at Thales UK and a Visiting Professor at University College London in the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department. He has undertaken extensive research into the modeling of radar sea clutter and the development of operational signal processing methods. he was appointed MBE in 2000 for services to the defense industry, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and of the IET, IEEE, and IMA.

Richard G. Wiley (Chapter 41) - is an internationally known expert in Electronic Intelligence (ELINT). He has written several books on the interception and analysis of radar signals. Several thousand engineers and students have attended his lectures. He is Vice-President and a founder of Research Associates of Syracuse and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Carly Aderton - Engineer Systems Architect, Northrop Grumman Corporation, USA
Christopher Allen - PhD, Professor, University of Kansas, USA
Larry Altshuler - Senior Engineering Fellow, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems (Retired), USA
Andrea Antonini - PhD, Researcher, Consorzio LAMMA, Italy
Paul Antonik - PhD, Senior Scientist, USA
Bevan D. Bates - Adjunct Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia
Daniel A. Bernabei - Weapon System Engineer, Department of Defense, USA
Lee Blanton - Radar Engineer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., USA
Robin Blasberg - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Radar Division, USA
J.J. Campbell - Lt. Col. USAF (Retired), JJ Campbell, LLC, USA
Kernan Chaisson - Captain, USAF (Retired), USA
Carmine Clemente - Research Associate, University of Strathclyde, UK
Bill Correll, Jr. - Research Scientist, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, USA
Gregory E. Coxson - PhD, Naval Research Laboratory - Radar Division, USA
G. Richard Curry - Consultant in Radar System Applications, USA
Antonio De Maio - PhD, DIETI University of Napoli, Italy
John Erickson - PhD, United States Air Force, USA
Christopher N. Folley - PhD, Engineering Specialist, The Aerospace Corporation, USA
Manohar Deshpande - PhD, Microwave & Radar Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Mark Frank - Principal Engineer, Rohde & Schwarz, USA
Tony Gillespie - Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, UK
James Gitre - Engineering Manager, RF Design and Development, Intel Mobile Communications, USA
Paul J. Hannen - Senior Systems Engineer, Leidos, USA
Michael Inggs - PhD, Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
M. Jankiraman - PhD, Senior Radar Advisor, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, India
Randy Jost - PhD, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, USA
Joel Johnson - PhD, Professor, Ohio State University, USA
Seong-Hwoon Kim - PhD, Raytheon,, USA
Stéphane Kemkemian - Senior Expert, Radar, Thales Airborne Systems, France
Theodoros G. Kostis - PhD, Lecturer (adj), Hellenic Military Academy, Greece
Jeff Lange - PhD, Senior Defence Scientist, Defence Research & Development Canada, Canada
Andon D. Lazarov - DrSc., Professor, Burgas Free University, Bulgaria
Anthony D. Leotta - President, ADL Associates, USA
Yasser M. Madany - PhD, Professor, Alexandria University, Egypt
Bob McShea - Director, Avionic Systems, National Test Pilot School, USA
John M. Milan - PhD, Consultant, USA
Richard E. Miller - PhD, Senior Project Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation, USA
Douglas Moody - Mercer University, USA
Brian Mork - PhD, Professor and Research Engineer, USAF Test Pilot School, USA
Lee R. Moyer - Radar Subject Matter Expert, EOIR Technologies, Inc., USA
Karl Erik Olsen - PhD, Principal Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Norway
Mark A. Richards - Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
John Roulston - PhD, Scimus Solutions, UK
Earl Sager - Consultant, USA
Necmi Serkan Tezel - Postdoctoral Researcher, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Graeme E. Smith - PhD, The Ohio State University, USA
Dr. Michael J. Staniforth - ESL Defence Ltd, UK
John J. SantaPietro - PhD, Principal Sensor Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Craig Stringham - Brigham Young University, USA
Margaret Swassing - Sensors Integration Engineer, 412 Test Wing, 775 Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, USA
Børge Torvik - Senior Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Norway
Jay Virts - Senior Systems Engineer, Exelis Inc, USA
Bradley A. Wilson - PhD, Associate Professor, Lakehead University, Canada
Sevgi Zübeyde Gürbü - Assistant Professor, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey
David M. Zasada - PhD, Senior Principal Engineer, The MITRE Corporation, USA


"The publisher was not kidding when he stated, 'recognizing that people who have an interest in airborne radars love airplanes, dispersed through the book are photos and renderings of radar-bearing aircraft from all over the world.' If for no other reason, Stimson's book is a good one to leave on your desk or coffee table as a way-cool picture book for your friends to peruse while visiting. Introduction to Airborne Radar is in every sense a text designed to turn the electronics neophyte who has a reasonable grasp of algebra and physics into a technician who possesses a working knowledge of airborne radar (and radar in general) transmitter, receiver, antenna, and processor systems. The authors teach from first principles about antenna radiation, the decibel, frequency conversion, filtering, signal processing, target acquisition and tracking, spread spectrum, Doppler shift, radar cross section, electronic countermeasures, clutter cancelling, platform configurations, and much more."

"This book is not like the equally vaunted Skolnik Radar Handbook that is chock full of equations and theoretical discussions, known to make otherwise competent technophiles curl into a prenatal position while rocking back and forth. It is impossible for a reader to study this entire book and not be able to participate in an intelligent conversation on radar systems from both a technical standpoint and a historical perspective. Can you tell I'm impressed?" - Kirt Blattenberger, Review on RF Café

"I have relied on the earlier versions of Introduction to Airborne Radar as a valuable supplement to the engineering courses I have taught as well as a useful tool in my own radar work. The dynamic nature of radar development has not waned, so updates are needed to keep any reference relevant. Without the valuable assistance of the late George Stimson, these authors have done a magnificent job of bringing the subjects up to date and still retained the clear and understandable delivery. The mathematical models used in this book allow the reader to gain a full appreciation for the total system operation. That is a valuable perspective; it can be more useful than detailed development of complex formulas which may or may not contain all the variables necessary on a given Tuesday at a particular location. I am using this book as the central reference for a graduate-level engineering course, as I feel the students can achieve more understanding of how systems must work in the real installations and environments." - Douglas Moody, Review on Amazon (5 stars)

"Stimson has been for years the best introductory Radar book in circulation. The unparalleled strength of this book is its discursive explanation of most topics in Radar, promoting non-mathematical understandings of the key concepts. Despite its simplicity, Stimson is still addressing the most challenging aspects in Radar with clarity and enthusiasm, oftentimes offering viewpoints and examples not found in any other Radar book. I was skeptical that a third edition was able to improve the already perfect second edition: I thought that there could be two possible outcomes 1) the new book present only minor changes, or 2) the new book is overly re-edited so that it lost its "Stimson" style. Instead, I was completely wrong, and none of these outcomes are true.

The new book uses the same layman language of the original Stimson: some concepts appear to be even better explained than in the older version. At the same time, there is plenty of additional material: basically one third of the book covers entirely new topics. The new book also covers the most recent trends in Radar, while still preserving non-technical descriptions. Despite being the perfect textbook for an introductory course in Radar, I also find this book suitable for a non-technical audience, such as engineers/scientists from different disciplines interested in learning more about Radar, or managers/directors dealing with projects involving radars. For those technical, radar-oriented people already possessing the second edition, upgrading to the third edition is highly recommended, since the amount of novelty and new topics covered justifies the investment. This book is a masterpiece in the Radar community and virtually flawless: the new authors made an impressive effort in keeping the new edition as "Stimson's style". - Lorenzo Lo Monte, Review on Amazon (5 stars)

"This classic has been overhauled and re-issued.This third edition has retained the flavor of the earlier editions. The authors have done a tremendous job and should be congratulated! I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning not just airborne radars, but all types of radars, since this book has addressed many issues from basics to advanced topics, which cover most types of radars. The treatment of complex topics has been simply explained so that even a non-engineer can understand it! This is a tremendous achievement!"
- Mohinder Jankiraman, Review on Amazon (5 stars)

"I've been using Stimson's text in my Intro to RADAR Flight Test Courses for the past 18 years. This latest update is significant in that it has truly been updated with current technology. I was particularly impressed with the inclusion of an Electronic Warfare Section which I will also use in the course of my presentations. An excellent job!" - Robert McShea, Review on Amazon (5 stars)

"For those not already familiar with Stimson's "Introduction to Airborne Radar", this book is legendary inside the radar community for its cogent, clear presentation in a simple, but not simplistic, language. The numerous skillful explanations masterfully explain complex concepts with clarity that is exceedingly rare for many technical books. The reader will appreciate the numerous enhancements done to this latest edition, giving a timeless classic a timely update." - James Gitre, Review on Amazon (5 stars)


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