Electronic Countermeasures—Theory and Design
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10/31/2019 to 11/1/2019
When: 10/31 /2019 - 11/01/2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: The Renaissance Hotel
999 9th St
Meeting Room 3
Washington D.C., District of Columbia  20001
United States
Presenter: Kyle Davidson
Contact: Caleb Herr
703 549 1600

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Electronic Countermeasures - Theory and Design 

Course Length 14 hours total - delivered across 2 day sessions of 7-hours each.

  • Thursday & Friday, 08:00 – 17:00 EDT (13:00 - 22:00 UTC), October 31st – November 1st


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 analysing threat systems, to developing jammer techniques, and finally confirming their effectiveness.

  • Module 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.

  • Module 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.

  • Module 3 — ECM Design and Effectiveness
    • Using the knowledge gathered so far this module explores its application in developing countermeasures
      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.

  • Module 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 methods
      to achieve those effects. This includes the spectrum of IR ECM, from flares to Directed IR
      Countermeasures (DIRCM).

Course Outline:


Day 1

Day 2

08:00 - 08:40 Introduction Communications ECM
08:50 - 9:30 ECM Principles Range and Doppler ECM
9:40 - 10:20 Weapon Systems Analysis Monopulse Radar
10:30 – 11:10 Radar Systems Angle ECM
11:10 – 12:45 LUNCH LUNCH
13:00 – 13:40 JSR Equation Measure of Effectiveness
13:50 – 14:30 Fire Control Systems I Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM)
14:40 – 15:20 Fire Control Systems II Infrared ECM
15:30 – 16:10 Direction Finding Conclusion


This course is held in conjunction with the 56th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, held October 31- November 1, 2019 in Washington D.C. Registration for that event does not constitute registration for this course, nor are there any connected costs or discounts.

This course will be held on-site for two days prior to this year's symposium and convention. Beverages will be provided to attendees, but meals are your own responsibility.



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Who should attend:

The intended audience of this course are EW professionals with an introductory course in EW who are looking to expand their knowledge of the field to electronic countermeasures. A professional level of education in radar and communications systems is recommended.


Course Cost:

Early Bird Pricing - before 10/4/19

AOC Members - $1400

Non AOC Members - $1500


On-Site Pricing - after 10/4/19

AOC Members - $1500

Non AOC Members - $1600



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

With over 14,000 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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