Simulation platform for multifunction RF-systems. Concept description, design principles and development of v0.1

Authors:

  • Frennberg Hans
  • Boman Tomas
  • Ouacha Aziz
  • Nelander Anders
  • Andersson Börje
  • Eneroth Anders
  • Grahn Per
  • Pääjärvi Lars
  • Tulldahl Michael
  • Ekestorm Stig
  • Klum Peter
  • Holmgren Terje
  • Alfredson Mattias

Publish date: 2002-01-01

Report number: FOI-R--0646--SE

Pages: 61

Written in: English

Abstract

Mobile and flexible nodes are key features of a future Network Centric Warfare concept. Important factors when operating an efficient and robust network will be access to secure communication channels, reliable sensor information, and a possibility to dynamically change the roles allocated to different nodes within the network. Microwave-based reconfigurable multifunction systems, capable of performing different functions regarding e.g. radar, electronic warfare, communications and navigation/positioning will be cost-effective alternatives to dedicated systems. If factors such as weight, volume, radar cross section, cooling etc. are considered, the advantages are even bigger, especially for small, mobile platforms. In this report, the pros and cons of multifunction systems are discussed from a tactical/operational perspective as well as a technical and functionality perspective. An example of a concept for a multifunction front-end system is also presented. A simulation model for a multifunction system has been developed in a first version. The tool is implemented in Matlab 6, and is capable of handling a test scenario where jamming and communication functions are to be maintained. As a basis for further development, general design principles for such a simulator have been compiled. These cover objectives of simulation, the structure of the model and implementation aspects. The work described in this report has been funded within the Strategic research cores.