Detection of range migrating targets in compound-Gaussian clutter

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This paper deals with the problem of coherent radar detection of fast moving targets in a high range resolution mode. In particular, we are focusing on the spiky clutter modeled as a compound Gaussian process with rapidly varying power along range. Additionally, a fast moving target of interest has a few range cells migration within the coherent processing interval. Two coherent CFAR detectors are proposed taking into account target migration and highly inhomogeneous clutter. Both detectors involve solution of a transcendental equation, carried out numerically in a few iterations. The performance evaluation is addressed by numerical simulations and it shows a significant improvement in detection of fast moving targets in inhomogeneous heavy tailed radar clutter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Wideband radar
  • Radar detection
  • Doppler radar
  • Range migration
  • High range resolution
  • Radar clutter
  • Kdistribution


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