Advanced RF Electromagnetic Warfare Principles

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Advanced RF Electromagnetic Warfare Principles

Course Description

This course provides a more mathematically rigorous exploration of electromagnetic warfare (EW) concepts as compared to the Basic EW course. In this advanced-level course, you will review advances in radio-frequency sensors of threat weapon systems, focusing on radar systems advances that degrade the effectiveness of traditional jamming techniques. Explore new electronic attack technologies that have an application against each threat advance. You'll begin at the conceptual level before proceeding to more detailed and useful treatments. At the end of this thorough course, you will walk away with a true understanding of the critical details of major threat radar-controlled weapon systems advances. Lectures and discussions are held at the classified level.

This course can be offered in a two-course format for on-site offerings only and can be purchased separately or together. For more information contact Steve Barton.

  • Overview of the Basic RF Electronic Warfare Concepts (DEF 2501R) -- 2.5 days covering all topics in the Basic RF Electronic Warfare Concepts(DEF 2501P) course.
  • Overview of Advanced RF Electronic Warfare Principles (DEF 2502S) -- 2.5 days covering all topics in Advanced RF Electronic Warfare Principles (DEF 2502P) course.
Course Content


  • Impetus for development of monopulse
  • Use of auxiliary channels for sidelobe suppression
  • Coherent processing


  • Underlying principles
  • Electronic attack implementation
  • Application to tracking radars and missile seekers


  • Receiver constraints and challenges
  • Emitter location and tracking
  • Passive detection systems


  • Digital radio frequency memory techniques
  • Range and velocity deception
  • Alternate target techniques including towed decoys


  • Reduced RCS techniques
  • Modern threat update
  • Introduction to EW for ground forces
  • Multi-ship techniques enabled by data links
Requirements & Materials

Important Information

This course requires Need-to-Know Certification and a clearance requirement. Please make sure to read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course.





  • Two books of presentation materials
  • Complete list of course-related acronyms
  • Reference bibliography
  • Classified paper from the Journal of Defense Research

Course Restrictions

This course is classified. Attendance is restricted to US citizens with the appropriate security clearance and need-to-know. All contractors wishing to attend our Need-To-Know Classified Course must have a US Government sponsor’s/contracting officer’s signature. Research Security will ONLY process Need-To-Know Certification and Clearance Form with the appropriate signature. There will be no exemptions to this policy. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6374. Attendees must e-mail the Need-to-Know Certificate Form to or fax to 404-407-9395. Electronic devices, including but not limited to laptops, calculators, Fitbits and Garmins, are not permitted in the classroom. Limited storage compartments may be available in some location.

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for technical personnel involved with EW or radar system design or operations. It also would benefit engineers and managers who handle the specification, procurement, design and development, testing, and operation of electronic attack systems.

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What You Will Learn

  • Weapon systems functionality
  • Advanced electronic attack techniques
  • Radar system and missile system advances
  • Data links and integrated electronic warfare systems
  • Advanced electromagnetic warfare receiver processor systems
  • Radar cross-section prediction, measurement, and reduction techniques
  • Introduction to Ground EW
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How You Will Benefit

  • Understand critical details of major threat radar controlled weapon systems advances.
  • Know how to assess effects of radar system advances on electronic warfare technique effectiveness.
  • Gain an understanding of how advanced EW receivers function in the complex radio frequency environment.
  • Be able to describe advances in and the direction of integrated sensor systems.
  • Grasp the structure of threat weapon systems and associated vulnerabilities.
  • Understand the primary techniques in reduced radar cross-system (RCS) design.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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