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Intro to Radar Systems

Introduction to Radar Systems (On-Demand Course)

Introduction to Radar Systems (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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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.

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.

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Who Should Attend

TThe 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.

  • Introduction to Radar Systems Session 1
  • 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;
  • Introduction to Radar Systems Session 2
  • 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;
  • Introduction to Radar Systems Session 3
  • 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;
  • Introduction to Radar Systems Session 4
  • 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;
  • Introduction to Radar Systems Session 5
  • 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;
  • Introduction to Radar Systems Session 6
  • 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;

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.