Core Competencies

The core competencies of FHR


Electromagnetic fields

FHR's competence in the numerical calculation of electromagnetic fields, which forms the basis for the characterization of scattered fields and the design of innovative antennas and antenna arrays, was developed over decades. This core competency can be applied across all business units.

High frequency systems

FHR has the ability to build innovative and complex assemblies in the microwave and millimeter wave range. The spectrum includes planar circuits, waveguide components, integrated circuits, broadband technology, array-based subsystems as well as active and passive radar systems. The miniaturization of components and subsystems is an attractive sub-competency.

Signal processing and imaging

FHR is renowned worldwide for the development and successful application of highly complex mathematical operations for the processing of single and multi-channel signals for scene reconstruction in the form of position and motion parameters for detected targets or the generation of radar images (SAR and ISAR). FHR has made important contributions to the global development of techniques such as ultra-high resolution imaging, STAP-MTI, MIMO-SAR/MTI and compressive sensing.

Cognitive Radar and Classification

FHR has developed techniques for the non-cooperative classification of air, sea and land vehicles which are based directly on the measured radar signatures. These techniques are primarily used for military applications. An internally constructed experimental system is available for the generation of such signatures.

Space radar

In the Space area, FHR possesses the unique selling point »Radar for Space Observation«. FHR can avail of the extensive reservoir of knowledge and experience which the »Competence Team for Space Situational Awareness« has accumulated in the following areas: satellite orbital mechanics, the space debris situation in near-Earth space, the tasks, modes of action and structure of individual satellites, high-precision orbit determination to estimate collision probability as well as re-entry forecasts. In addition to the unique radar system TIRA, the institute has a high level of competence in the area of phased array-based space surveillance to complement its capabilities in the area of space reconnaissance.