Electronic Intelligence - Principles and Practice
The goal of this course is to educate the participants in the the field of Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) and Electronic Attacks (EA). This includes the complete countermeasures development cycle from analyzing threat systems, to developing jammer techniques, and finally confirming their effectiveness.
Full Course: $1200 for members / $1250 for non-members
Session 1: Principles of Electronic Attacks
This module starts with understanding the weapon systems that will be attacked, and how the desired effects can be achieved in them. This is followed by a review of radar concepts, followed by a discussion of jammer-to-signal ratio and its relation to ECM.
Session 2: Attacking Search and Tracking Radars
This module focuses on the understanding the various forms of electronic attacks and how they create effects in the threat systems. Deceptive techniques covering range, velocity, and angle will be explored, along with noise jamming. These techniques will then be applied to both search and tracking radar systems.
Session 3: ECM Design and Effectiveness
Using the knowledge gathered so far this module explores its application in developing coun-termeasures against specific threats. This includes analysing ELINT, understanding ECM effects against different types of radar threats, and modelling their effectiveness. The spectrum of ECM systems will also be explored from chaff to digital radio frequency memory jammers on multiple platforms including towed and active decoys.
Session 4: Attacking Communications and Infrared Systems
This module covers the application of EA techniques and platforms to communications and IR systems. The IR lessons start with a discussion of seekers followed by their ECM and the meth-ods to achieve those effects. This includes the spectrum of IR ECM, from flares to Directed IR Countermeasures (DIRCM).
Session 5: Modern Jammer Architectures
In order to design effective countermeasures it is necessary to understand the architecture and performance of modern jammers. This module explores the design of a Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) jammer along with the associated radar warning receiver. Topics covered in-clude: direction finding, digital wideband receivers, DRFM system performance and its effects on radar electronic protective measures.
Session 6: Electronic Protection
The focus of this module is on gathering and exploiting the technical intelligence associated with wireless communications systems. This is the first step prior to gathering communications intelligence or COMINT. Wireless communications links are introduced with a focus on digital modulations. The ELINT process is then demonstrated for a wireless signal, demonstrating how to “hack” a communications channel.
The intended audience of this course is EW professionals with an introductory understanding of EW, who are looking to expand their knowledge of the field to include ELINT. Radar and communications background knowledge is helpful as well.
Kyle Davidson is a former signals officer, having served for 15 years in the Canadian Army. During this time, he held a variety of positions in the field force, on operations in Afghanistan, and as an educator. For the last five years in the Army he served at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, from which he holds a B.Eng. and M.A.Sc. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor at RMC and is scheduled to defend his Ph.D. in EW systems engineering in the spring of 2019. Since leaving the Canadian Armed Forces he has worked as a Radar and Electronic Warfare Scientist and later Head of Capability at Tactical Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Leonardo MW, on a variety of projects, often related to the Eurofighter Typhoon's defensive aid suite. He is currently the Chief Engineer for Electronic Warfare Systems at MDA where he focusses on developing EW technologies and teams to support a variety of projects in the land, air, sea, and space domains.
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