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Navigation Warfare & PNT

Navigation Warfare & PNT

August 2 - 18, 2021 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Navigation Warfare & PNT - Live Web Course

When: August 2 - 18, 2021| Mondays & Wednesdays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required

Course Length: 18 hours total - delivered across 6 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.


This course introduces students to the fundamentals of navigation warfare in the modern hostile electromagnetic spectrum. The course commences with an overview of navigation systems, focussing on integrated navigation systems that use a variety of sensors to track the platform’s position, such as inertial navigation and the Global Positioning System. Building on this foundation, the spectrum of Electronic Attacks (EA) against navigation systems is explored, along with their effects.

The final section of the course covers the current and near future technologies associated with Electronic Protection (EP) for Precision Navigation and Timing (PNT), including adaptive antennas. This is followed by a series of discussions on new methods for replacing vulnerable radio navigation systems with a focus on using imagery and terrain maps, often in combination with machine learning, to geolocate the platform.

Who Should Attend

The intended audience of this course are Electronic Warfare (EW) professionals looking to expand their knowledge of the field and machine learning. No prior experience in EW is required, but a background in engineering or science is recommended.

Required Course Materials


  1. Session 1
    1. Course Introduction
    2. Fundamentals of Navigation Systems
    3. Satellites and Orbits
    4. Frames of Reference
  2. Session 2
    1. GPS Signal Characteristics
    2. GNSS that isn’t GPS
    3. Receiver and Antennas for GNSS
    4. GNSS Errors
  3. Session 3
    1. Differential GPS
    2. Inertial Navigation Systems
    3. GPS for Harsh Environments
  4. Session 4
    1. Sources of Interference
    2. Effects of EA on GPS Receivers
    3. Spoofing (Meaconing)
    4. Detecting Interference
  5. Session 5
    1. Integrated Navigation Systems
    2. The Kalman Filter
    3. Electronic Protection and Signal Processing
    4. Electronic Protection and Antenna Arrays
  6. Session 6
    1. Introduction to Machine Learning
    2. Classification and Machine Learning
    3. Geolocation without GNSS
    4. Conclusion

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 focusses 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.