Coherent terahertz radar systems, using CO2 laser-pumped molecular lasers have been used during the past decade for radar scale modeling applications, as well as proof-of-principle demonstrations of remote detection of concealed weapons. The presentation will consider the potential for replacement of molecular laser sources by quantum cascade lasers. While the temporal and spatial characteristics of current THz QCLs limit their applicability, rapid progress is being made in resolving these issues. Specifications for satisfying the requirements of coherent short-range THz radars will be reviewed and the feasibility of incorporating existing QCL devices into such systems will be described.© (2009) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.