Bistatic radar has a long history, dating back to the earliest days of radar. It is presently the subject of expanded interest, and new systems are now being designed and evaluated, for applications including SAR and GMTI surveillance from UAVs, air defense and counter-stealth. Ofparticular current interest is Passive Bistatic Radar, using broadcast, communications or radionavigation signals as the illumination sources.
The tutorial, presented by one of the editors of the recently-published book ‘Advances in Bistatic Radar’, provides an introduction to the the fundamentals of bistatic radar, showing how the properties depend on the bistatic geometry. This is followed by a more detailed description of the subject of Passive Bistatic Radar and of Bistatic SAR. Examples of a number of practical systems and their results are given and discussed.