PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF COAST GUIARD SURFACE VESSEL RADAR DETECTION PERFORMANCE

Surface Vessel Radar (SVR) detection data have been collected in conjunction with two visual detection experiments conducted in 1980 and 1981 by the U.S.C.G. R&D Center. These are part of a series of experiments designed to improve search planning guidance contained in the National Search and Rescue Manual. 82-foot Coast Guard cutters equipped with the Raytheon AN/SPS-64(V) radar and 41-foot utility boats equipped with the Raytheon AN/SPS-66 radar conducted detection runs with 4- and 7-man life rafts and 15- to 18-foot fiberglass boats. Targets were equipped with varying amounts of reflective materials. The AN/SPS-64(V) was found to achieve significantly longer detection ranges than the AN/SPS-66 with all target types. Metal posts with or without radar reflectors improved target detection ranges. Cumulative Detection Probability (CDP) versus range curves are presented for representative radar/target type combinations. Results are based upon very limited data; additional data will be collected during the fall of 1981. (Author)

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  • Authors:
    • Osmer, S R
    • Edwards, NCJ
    • HOVER, G L
    • Mazour, T J
  • Publication Date: 1981-8

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  • Pagination: 29 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00347816
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-63-81
  • Contract Numbers: DTCG39-80-C-80052
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2002 12:00AM