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Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design Course

Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design (On-Demand Course)

Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design (On-Demand Course)

Course Length: 18 hours total - delivered across 6 sessions of 3-hours each. Each session contains lecture and practical problems.

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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.

Course Delivery

There is a downloadable course syllabus provided for each session. It contains copies of all visual aids and problem worksheets for that session. It will be available for download in the meeting room.

Each session was presented LIVE by an actively engaged instructor. The virtual classroom allowed learners to “raise a hand,” ask questions audibly or type them in the chat, and the instructor responded in real-time. It’s just like sitting in the classroom.

These "Live Educational Courses" presented by AOC are recorded when broadcast live and are subsequently made available to registrants for 30 days in our "On-Demand Educational Courses" catalog.

You can now benefit from this course catalog with your purchase.

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.

  • Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design 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.
  • Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design 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.
  • Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design 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.
  • Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design 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).
  • Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design 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.
  • Electronic Countermeasures Theory and Design Session 6 - Electronic Protection
  • The final module in this course focuses on Electronic Protection (EP) and how we can use mod-elling and simulation to understand the interaction between all the various systems involved in an EW engagement. This starts with a discussion of RF stealth and Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) systems in order to understand the challenges and capabilities of a modern radar system. Mod-elling and simulation is then explored to develop and validate ECM against known and projected threats.

Please Note: Access to the course materials will be provided within one business day of registration. 

AOC Members - $1200

Non AOC Members - $1250

  • 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.

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.

Kyle Davidson

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.