Maximum theoretical range estimate
maxrng = radareqrng(lambda,SNR,Pt,Tau)
maxrng = radareqrng(...,Name,Value)
the theoretical maximum detectable range
maxrng = radareqrng(
a radar operating with a wavelength of
with a pulse duration of
Tau seconds. The signal-to-noise
SNR decibels, and the peak transmit
Wavelength of radar operating frequency (in meters). The wavelength is the ratio of the wave propagation speed to frequency. For electromagnetic waves, the speed of propagation is the speed of light. Denoting the speed of light by c and the frequency (in hertz) of the wave by f, the equation for wavelength is:
Transmitter peak power in watts.
The minimum output signal-to-noise ratio at the receiver in decibels.
Single pulse duration in seconds.
Transmitter and receiver gain in decibels (dB). When the transmitter
and receiver are colocated (monostatic radar),
System loss in decibels (dB).
Radar cross section in square meters. The target RCS is nonfluctuating.
System noise temperature in kelvins. The system noise temperature is the product of the system temperature and the noise figure.
Default: 290 kelvin
Units of the estimated maximum theoretical range.
The estimated theoretical maximum detectable range. The units
Estimate the theoretical maximum detectable range for a monostatic radar operating at 10 GHz using a pulse duration of 10 μs. Assume the output SNR of the receiver is 6 dB.
lambda = physconst('LightSpeed')/10e9; SNR = 6; tau = 10e-6; Pt = 1e6; maxrng = radareqrng(lambda,SNR,Pt,tau)
maxrng = 4.1057e+04
Estimate the theoretical maximum detectable range for a monostatic radar operating at 10 GHz using a pulse duration of 10 μs. The target RCS is 0.1 m². Assume the output SNR of the receiver is 6 dB. The transmitter-receiver gain is 40 dB. Assume a loss factor of 3 dB.
lambda = physconst('LightSpeed')/10e9; SNR = 6; tau = 10e-6; Pt = 1e6; RCS = 0.1; Gain = 40; Loss = 3; maxrng2 = radareqrng(lambda,SNR,Pt,tau,'Gain',Gain,... 'RCS',RCS,'Loss',Loss)
maxrng2 = 1.9426e+05
The point target radar range equation estimates the power at the input to the receiver for a target of a given radar cross section at a specified range. The model is deterministic and assumes isotropic radiators. The equation for the power at the input to the receiver is
where the terms in the equation are:
Pt — Peak transmit power in watts
Gt — Transmitter gain in decibels
Gr — Receiver gain in decibels. If the radar is monostatic, the transmitter and receiver gains are identical.
λ — Radar operating frequency wavelength in meters
σ — Target's nonfluctuating radar cross section in square meters
L — General loss factor in decibels that accounts for both system and propagation loss
Rt — Range from the transmitter to the target
Rr — Range from the receiver to the target. If the radar is monostatic, the transmitter and receiver ranges are identical.
Terms expressed in decibels, such as the loss and gain factors, enter the equation in the form 10x/10 where x denotes the variable. For example, the default loss factor of 0 dB results in a loss term of 100/10=1.
The equation for the power at the input to the receiver represents the signal term in the signal-to-noise ratio. To model the noise term, assume the thermal noise in the receiver has a white noise power spectral density (PSD) given by:
The product of the effective noise temperature and the receiver noise factor is referred to as the system temperature. This value is denoted by Ts, so that Ts=TFn .
For monostatic radars, the range from the target to the transmitter and receiver is identical. Denoting this range by R, you can express this relationship as .
Solving for R
For bistatic radars, the theoretical maximum detectable range is the geometric mean of the ranges from the target to the transmitter and receiver:
 Richards, M. A. Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
 Skolnik, M. Introduction to Radar Systems. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980.
 Willis, N. J. Bistatic Radar. Raleigh, NC: SciTech Publishing, 2005.
Usage notes and limitations:
Does not support variable-size inputs.