We develop and evaluate receiver signal processing algorithms for the detection of signals transmitted via the forward link of a cell in a cellular system modeled after the IS-95 standard for direct-sequence spread-spectrum code-division multiple-access (CDMA) communications. Multiuser detectors on board airborne and terrestrial mobile interceptors or monitors attempt the simultaneous detection, in a single receiver, of all communication signals transmitted by the base station of interest. Due to the detrimental effects of transmitter, reciever and channel nonlinearities, very fast multipath fading, shadowing, path loss, Doppler spread, additive white Gaussian noise, and intracell and intercell multiple-access interference, the user signals are de-orthogonalized. This leads to performance degradation in conventional receivers that is too severe, especially when the powers of some of the interfering users are dominant. In order to improve upon the performance of conventional matched filter receivers, this article focuses on the development and evaluation of fast reliable successive interference canceling (SIC) algorithms. The technique we have developed can be used to relax the strict requirements on power control and to improve the capacity of CDMA systems.