Introduction to Radar Systems
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7/29/2019 to 8/9/2019
When: 07/29/2019 - 08/9/2019
Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required
United States
Presenter: Kyle Davidson
Contact: Caleb Herr
703 549 1600

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Introduction to Radar Systems

Course Length 18 hours total - delivered across 6 sessions of 3-hours each.

  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC), July 29th - August 9th.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered through Adobe Connect. To ensure your computer system has access to Adobe Connect, please test your system HERE. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registrants for 30 days after the course. If you miss a session or two, you can catch up by viewing the recording!


This course introduces the audience to radar systems in a military context, with a focus on search and tracking radars associated with modern day threats. Conducted in six modules covering: radar fundamentals, the electromagnetic environment, target detection, antennas, arrays, signal processing, search radars, and tracking radars. A select set of advanced topics such as Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) systems, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and target recognition will also be explored. At the end of this course students will be able to understand and model threat radar systems, and posses the required knowledge for further training in electronic intelligence (ELINT) and countermeasure development.

Agenda for topics covered in each 3-hour session:

  • Session 1 – Monday July 29th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – This module provides an overview of radar systems that will serve as the foundation for the remainder of the course. Topics will include military radar systems with a focus on Integrated Air Defence Systems (IADS) and radar guided missiles. The radar range equation and Radio Frequency (RF) propagation will also be discussed in order to understand radar performance;
  • Session 2 – Wed. July 31st, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – This module builds on the concepts from the radar range equation, exploring the factors affecting radar performance in detail, such as Radar Cross Section (RCS) and clutter. The later part of the session will focus on target detection, and how it can be characterized;
  • Session 3 – Friday August 2nd, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – This module provides a detailed understanding of the “eyes” of any radar: the antenna. The lessons will progress from passive antennas, to passive and Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA), and will conclude with an important discussion of monopulse radars;
  • Session 4 – Monday August 5th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – This module provides an overview of radar waveforms, their applications, and performance. The initial part of the lesson will then be followed with a discussion of the signal processing systems associated with modern radar waveforms;
  • Session 5 – Wed. August 7th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – With a solid foundation of the various components of a radar system and scenario, these will be integrated in a discussion of search and tracking radars. In both cases, the module will focus on contemporary examples and the factors affecting their performance;

  • Session 6 – Fri. August 9th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – The last module of this course provides a technical discussion of more advanced radar topics, including SAR, target recognition, and LPI systems. The course is completed with an introduction to radar electronic warfare, and how the knowledge gained can be used to analyze ELINT and develop effective countermeasures; 

Who should attend:

The intended audience of this course are Electronic Warfare (EW) professionals looking to expand their knowledge of the field. No prior education in radar or EW is required. 

Required Materials:




Course Cost:

AOC Members - $1200

Non AOC Members - $1250



Instructor: Kyle Davidson

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 focus ses on developing EW technologies and teams to support a variety of projects in the land, air, sea, and space domains.

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.
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