Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR
Research for Defense and Security
The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR develops concepts, methods and systems for electromagnetic sensors, particularly in the field of radar, together with innovative signal processing methods and state-of-the-art technology in the microwave to the lower terahertz frequency range. Its internationally acknowledged and valued competence covers almost every aspect of modern radar technology. With a budget of €20.7 million in 2012 and more than 250 employees, Fraunhofer FHR is one of the largest radar research institutes in Europe.
Radar and related high-frequency systems form a key technology for defense and security, particularly in the field of reconnaissance and surveillance. FHR has supported the German Ministry of Defense in this field since the foundation of the institute in 1957. In Germany, the institute has played a pioneering role in the development of new technologies for numerous applications: e.g. space reconnaissance with radar, multi-function radar systems with phased array antennas, adaptive interference suppression, millimeter wave techniques, ultra-high resolution radar imaging, moving target recognition with space-time filtering, target classification and passive radar.
In keeping with the framework conditions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the unique role and competencies of the institute also stimulate increased involvement in civilian markets. The activities in the new business units Air and Space-Based Radar Systems, Land and Sea-Based Reconnaissance, Systems for Security and Protection, Sensors for Vehicles and Traffic, Sensors for Quality Control, Energy and Environment as well as Electromagnetic Simulation and Antenna Technology constitute concrete examples of innovative applications that are being implemented in many areas of society.
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