Basic RF Electromagnetic Warfare Concepts

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Basic RF Electromagnetic Warfare Concepts

Course Description

A foundational course, Basic RF Electromagnetic Warfare Concepts, provides an understanding of the principles and operation of electromagnetic warfare (EW) systems used by today’s military. The course emphasizes the operation of radar-controlled weapon systems and the EW systems designed to detect, identify, and counter them. You will initially be tutored in the fundamentals of electromagnetic waves and their propagation. Subsequent lectures describe the basic operation of radar systems and the implementation of search and tracking functions. Building upon these foundations, you will learn about EW receiver systems and electronic attack systems. The coursework continues with insight into the application of EW concepts to data links and networks. More specialized applications of EW are also discussed such as communications jamming and naval surface EW.

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.

Due to minimum enrollment requirements to hold a course, we ask that you register as early as possible. View our terms and conditions for further information. If you have specific questions or requirements, please contact the course administrator. 

Course Content


  • Electromagnetic wave propagation
  • Analysis using the radar range equation
  • Radar cross section


  • Basic radar functions and processing
  • Radar tracking
  • Weapon system guidance schemes


  • Operational environment and design constraints
  • Receiver architecture strengths and weaknesses
  • Pulse processing algorithms
  • Location and tracking of emitters


  • Data links and networks
  • Communications EW
  • Naval surface EW
Requirements & Materials
Important Information

This course requires completion of an access eligibility form. Please make sure you read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course. 



  • Textbook: EW 101, Artech House
  • Course notebook
Course Restrictions

This course is restricted to US citizens who are industrial and/or government employees and complete the Access Eligibility Form. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Access Eligibility Form to 404-407-8691 or

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 engineers, scientists, technicians, and managers with a desire to understand the basic concepts associated with electronic warfare. This course is appropriate for newcomers to the field as well as personnel experienced in related fields, such as radar or communications, who are seeking a greater understanding of electronic warfare fundamentals.

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What You Will Learn

  • Basic concepts of electromagnetic field theory
  • Basics of radar cross section, including its generation and reduction
  • Basic radar functions and signal processing
  • How radars track and guide weapons to a target
  • How electronic attack affects the victim receivers
  • Challenges in the design and implementation of EW receivers
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How You Will Benefit

  • Understand how to apply the radar range equation to analyze EW scenarios.
  • Understand the basics of on-board electric support systems and techniques.
  • Develop intuition into how EA techniques affect the guidance scheme of a weapon system.
  • Understand how EW fundamentals are applied to air, land and sea domains.
  • Learn the key concepts that will be important in the design and testing of EW systems.
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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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