Basic RF Electronic Warfare Concepts

Course Description

Understand principles of operation of radar-controlled weapon systems and electronic warfare systems designed to counter them, as well as the test and evaluation of these systems. Explore several types of weapon systems in medium-level detail. First master the basic of electromagnetic waves and radar cross section. Then learn the principles of operation for search and tracking radar systems, ratio frequency electronic countermeasures systems and radio frequency electronic support measures. Explore the implications of data links and networks on the implementation of electronic countermeasures. Gain insight into the technical challenges associated with multi-sensor tracking networks. Explore the application of electronic warfare concepts to naval surface warfare.

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 at

Course ID: DEF 2501P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

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.  Laptop computers will not be permitted in the classroom and storage will not be available.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Jun 26, 2018 Jun 28, 2018 Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,495 18329
Section Details Sep 11, 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Lake Buena Vista, Florida $1,495 18330
Section Details Nov 6, 2018 Nov 8, 2018 Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495 18212
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
14377 Aug 12, 2014 Aug 14, 2014 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,495
14307 Sep 16, 2014 Sep 18, 2014 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
15216 Apr 14, 2015 Apr 16, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
15355 Aug 11, 2015 Aug 13, 2015 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,495
15217 Sep 1, 2015 Sep 3, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
16026 Apr 19, 2016 Apr 21, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
16299 Aug 16, 2016 Aug 18, 2016 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,495
16027 Nov 15, 2016 Nov 17, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
17040 Apr 18, 2017 Apr 20, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,495
17221 May 16, 2017 May 18, 2017 Classroom Denver, Colorado $1,495

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout and cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Who Should Attend

Engineers and managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Explore the basic concepts of electromagnetic field theory.

  • Master the basics of radar cross section, including its generation and reduction.

  • Examine how search radars function.

  • Learn how tracking radars function.

  • Discover how search and tracking radars are used in weapon systems.

  • Learn how the same basic functions are applied in different weapon systems.

  • Examine the functional susceptibilities of weapon systems to electronic warfare.

  • Explore the basics of on-board electric support systems and techniques and both on-board and off-board electronic attack systems and techniques.

  • Explore concepts of multi-sensor target tracking.

  • Examine the application of net-centric concepts to electronic warfare.

  • Explore the application of electronic warfare concepts to naval surface warfare.


  • Electronic warfare overview

  • Weapon systems

  • Electromagnetic review

  • Radar cross section

  • Search radars

  • Tracking radars

  • Electronic support measures basics

  • Electromagnetic countermeasures basics

  • Off-board self protection electromagnetic countermeasures

  • Net-centric electronic warfare concepts

  • Analysis using the radar range equation

  • Surface electronic warfare



  • Textbook: EW 101, Artech House
  • Course notebook

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Steve Barton