The MkVe radar is a multifrequency, ultra-wideband, coherent, step-chirp measurement system that uses Doppler processing to provide synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and inverse SAR (ISAR) images. It is a sophisticated measurement instrument used to support production and operational testing in either ground-based or airborne configurations. It has been used in a number of important production and real-time applications:
- Northrop-Grumman Production Point Imaging RCS System (PPIRCS)
- USAF Diagnostic Imaging Radar (DIR)
- US Navy Radar
- Australian Generic Threat Simulator (GTS) and Radar Threat Emulator (RTE)
The MkVe operates over a 0.1 to 18-GHz frequency range and is expandable up to 100 GHz. The MkVe control software is a Windows-based graphical user interface. The system is small, lightweight, mobile, and easily reconfigurable. The MkVe is a low-power, modular system incorporating commercial off-the-shelf equipment. The self-calibrating, built-in diagnostics provide instant confirmation of operational status.