||John N. Briggs
||The Institution of Electrical Engineers
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Marine radar is considered a must-have piece of shipboard radio equipment necessary for the safe navigation of the vessels; such radars are also carried even by many leisure crafts on voluntary basis, with VTS, standing for the vessel traffic services, and this equipment is truly indispensable to the safe and effective operation of the major marine ports and harbors; in addition, this equipment has some other important maritime applications. The present volume will tell the readers how marine radars detect the targets. The content starts with quite brief historical overview to explain the way contemporary practice has developed from the original faltering steps of the past times. The authors have described and illustrated the modern marine radars together with both active and passive beacon targets. As we know and as it has been discussed in this publication by Videotel, operation of the marine radar relies on the ability of various marine objects to return the echoes, and the authors have examined subject ability in theoretical and practical standpoints. The have also included the full technical analysis of numerous real life factors such as the environment and the weather plus the radio operator's ability to set the required controls. All efforts have been made to be comprehensive and to minimize the need for any other references.