Average Power (Radar)

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The Average Power of a Radar calculator computes the average radar power based on the peak power output (Pt) and the duty factor (d).

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:

  • (Pt)  This is the peak power output (averaged during the pulse on-time) 
  • (d) This is the duty factor

Average Radar Power:  The calculator returns the average power in Watts.  However, this can be automatically converted to compatible units via the pull-down menu.

The Math / Science

This equation calculates the average power of a transmitting antenna1 for a monostatic synthetic aperture radar.  The duty factor is converted to a decimal.  This equation is most helpful in the context of calculating the Signal-to-Noise of a Synthetic Aperture Radar.


  1. ^ Performance Limits for Synthetic Aperture Radar - Second Edition.  Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM.  Printed February 2006. 


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