PENETRATING RADAR

SEE THROUGH FOLIAGE

Penetrating Radar is a radar imaging capability that exploits the advantages of low-frequency radar bands, such as ultra-wide band, to see through foliage, the ground, and other visual obstructions permeable to radio waves.

Foliage creates a barrier that can reflect signals and prevent them from reaching the objects and terrain below. FOPEN is performed using low-frequency radar systems (see SAR) whose long wavelength signals naturally penetrate foliage. Optical and infrared sensors do not penetrate through foliage and can even be reflected by other, less dense barriers including clouds and smoke.

Low-frequency radar systems can produce a variety of data products through foliage. For example, SAR imaging with low-frequency radar allows manmade objects, such as buildings and vehicles, to be directly detected through foliage. Additionally, significant changes beneath foliage can be detected by using the CCD process. (See CCD)

UWB IMAGE SAMPLES

TYPICAL USES FOR FOPEN

Using FOPEN and combining it with other ISR solutions allows IMSAR systems to perform multiple applications in a variety of industries. Typical uses for IMSAR’s ISR solutions can include:

  • Disaster Preparation & Response
  • Emergency Rescue
  • Livestock & Wildlife Monitoring
  • Military Surveillance
  • Border Security
  • Tracking Applications
  • Search & Rescue Operations
  • Counter Drug Trafficking Operations
  • Wildland Fire Monitoring

AVAILABLE PRODUCTS

IMSAR systems that are capable of performing FOPEN are available in a variety of configurations that are designed for easy integration onto manned or unmanned aircraft. The following configurations can be used for FOPEN missions:

For more information about FOPEN and other products, contact us at information@imsar.com or call IMSAR sales at 801.798.8440.