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Stimson’s introduction to Airborne Radar

SciTech Publishing (an imprint of the IET) recently announced the publication of the eagerly anticipated new edition of Stimson's Introduction to Airborne Radar, 3rd Edition.

The near-legendary second edition (1998) authored by the late George Stimson has been recognized as truly unique in the radar community for its clear writing style and full color illustrations, figures, tables, and photographs.  It was the top selling book of its kind and its name became synonymous with radar fundamentals.


The new edition has been completely modernized to include technologies from the past 15-20 years including electronic scanning and high resolution imaging, together with a much greater use of digital technology.  All core radar principles are presented and every chapter has been revised and updated.  Two brand new sections have been added including six chapters on electronic warfare and seven chapters on special topics and advanced techniques.


Stimson’s Introduction to Airborne Radar, 3rd Edition has been written by a leading team of highly respected international radar experts including Hugh Griffiths, Christopher Baker, and Dave Adamy.  In addition, over 50 radar engineers and “power users” of the second edition from around the world provided community review of each chapter for technical content and to ensure the unique qualities of the previous edition were retained.


Hugh Griffiths (THALES/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of RF Sensors at University College London) explains “We were hugely committed to maintaining the excellent of the previous editions and ensuring that the true spirit of George W. Stimson was retained, demonstrated in the clearly explained writing style and high quality supporting visuals.”

Stimson’s is written specifically as an overview without going overboard on the math.  Virtually anybody with a knowledge of high school algebra, trigonometry, and physics will be able to read and absorb the vast majority of the material.  It is the perfect introductory text for military pilots, radar intercept officers, radar technicians, ground crews, and avionics technicians.  Students in radar, aviation, and aeronautics will benefit from the end of chapter exercises while radar engineers and technicians worldwide will appreciate the refreshed content and new sections.

The book was published May 2014 and is available in print at www.scitechpub.com/stimson3.  

The IET is also announcing an agreement with Knovel Corporation to exclusively host the digital copy of Stimson’s Introduction to Airborne Radar, 3rd Edition.  The previous edition of Stimson’s has consistently been the most-used book in Knovel’s Aerospace & Radar Technology subject areas for years.  The digital copy is expected to go live in July 2014.