Pakistan

LUMS faculty wins US patent on radar technology

LAHORE: Electrical Engineering faculty at LUMS, Dr. Ijaz Haider Naqvi and his PhD student Faran Awais Butt have won a US patent on their research related to ECCM technique, which nullifies the effect of jamming on ground-based radars and hence detects the true location of targets.

This is the first ever US patent on Electronic Warfare from Pakistan, which was issued on June 30, 2015.

Electronic Counter – Counter Measure (ECCM) is the advanced radar technology aimed at thwarting the attempts to disturb the normal working of radar, usually referred to as Electronic Counter Measure (ECM). ECCM technology overcomes or prevents the ECM technology.

The work is based on Faran’s MS thesis entitled “Electronic Counter-Countermeasures (ECCM) of Radars” that he completed in 2012 at LUMS under supervision of Dr. Ijaz Naqvi. The idea is to prevent jamming of radars, utilizing two radars located at a distance to prevent both velocity and range gate pull offs.

In the proposed solution, bi-static radars are used in combination with the mono-static radars to mitigate the ECM effects of deception jamming.

In addition to finding solutions to counter effects of ECM, Dr. Naqvi and Faran have also been working on solutions, which can counter the low observability of stealth targets. Both of them have multiple joint publications related to Radar Electronic Warfare, which have been presented at different conferences held in China, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and Czech Republic.

Last year, their research paper was the sole paper from Pakistan that published in International Radar Symposium held in Poland.

The application fee for the patent was sponsored by HEC whereas the issuance fee was sponsored by the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE).

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