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AIRCRAFT RCS ENGINEERING – HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, BASIC PRINCIPLES, AND STEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Aircraft RCS Engineering – Historical Perspective, Basic Principles, and Stealth Technology

July 12 - 30, 2021 | Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Aircraft RCS Engineering – Historical Perspective, Basic Principles, and Stealth Technology - Live Web Course


When: July 12 - 30, 2021| Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required

Course Length: 27 hours total - delivered across 9 sessions of 3-hours each.


  • PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered through Adobe Connect. 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! To ensure your computer system has access to Adobe Connect, please test your system HERE.

Description

This course introduces students to Radar Cross Section (RCS) engineering and its basics fundamentals inside the modern EW context. Commencing with a historical overview, the course passes through all the relevant conflicts where the RCS design plays a significant role, followed by considerations about aircraft missions, tactics, and threats. In sequence, the theoretical part begins involving electromagnetic propagation, radar fundamentals, and design of simple and complex RCS objects. Finally, stealth technology is addressed by presenting current challenges and future perspectives.

Who Should Attend

The intended audience of this course is Electronic Warfare (EW) professionals looking to expand their knowledge of RCS engineering. No prior experience in EW is required, but a background in engineering or mathematics, including essential calculus, is recommended. Some MATLAB programs are used to help students clarify difficult concepts and to perform case studies.

Required Course Materials

None

  1. Session 1 - AIRCRAFT COMBAT SURVIVABILITY DISCIPLINE AND RADAR CROSS SECTION ENGINEERING
    1. What is aircraft combat survivability?
    2. Historical lessons
    3. WWI and WWII
    4. The Korean Conflict
    5. Southeast Asia Conflict
    6. The Gulf War (F-117 shows its power)
    7. The Kosovo Conflict
    8. F-117 shootdown
    9. The Italian experience “No warplane was shot down”
  2. Session 2 - MISSIONS, THREATS, AND TACTICS
    1. Military aircraft roles and mission
    2. Types of threats
  3. Session 3 - MISSIONS, THREATS, AND TACTICS (cont)
    1. The radar
    2. Electromagnetic radiation
    3. Radar fundamentals
    4. Rebalancing the radar equation
  4. Session 4 - DESIGN PRINCIPLES OF RCS
    1. RCS definition
    2. RCS prediction methods
    3. RCS relationship with frequencies and aspect angles
    4. RCS dependency on electromagnetic wave polarization
  5. Session 5 - RCS OF BASIC OBJECTS
    1. Ellipsoid
    2. Sphere
    3. Circular flat plate
  6. Session 6 - RCS OF BASIC OBJECTS(cont)
    1. Rectangular flat plate
    2. Cone (frustum)
    3. Cylinder
    4. Triangular Flat Plate
  7. Session 7 - RCS OF COMPLEX OBJECTS
    1. RCS statistical models
    2. Case study: “Aircraft flight path optimization in a radar site raid.”
  8. Session 8 - STEALTH TECHNOLOGY
    1. The legendary “Skunk Works.”
    2. Factors affecting the RCS
    3. RCS reduction
  9. Session 9 - STEALTH TECHNOLOGY
    1. Radar absorbing materials (RAM)
    2. Stealth technology hype (F-22/F-35) and present challenges
    3. The future of stealth (technology trends)

AOC Members - $1800

Non AOC Members - $1850

  • NOTE: Each registration is for one (1) participant ONLY. Distributing your registration URL or allowing others to participate in this course with you or under your account is grounds for removal from the course without refund of any kind.

Renan Richter is a Brazilian Air Force P-3 Orion pilot, having served for eight years in patrol squads. During this period he held positions related to EW systems and tactics. He holds the Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Sciences from the Brazilian Air Force Academy (AFA), the Graduate degree in Analysis of Electromagnetic Environment and the Master of Science degree in Space Sciences and Technologies both from the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA). Currently, integrates the microwave photonics research group at ITA focused on novel processes directed for EW.

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