Directed Infrared Countermeasures: Technology, Modeling, and Testing

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Directed Infrared Countermeasures: Technology, Modeling, and Testing

Course Description

   The threat posed by infrared-guided missiles on the United States and other countries makes countermeasures increasingly important in the world of defense. In this Directed Infrared Countermeasures course, you will begin by reviewing the history of directed infrared countermeasures and threat operation to gain a comprehensive background of the technology. Next, you will focus on supporting technologies and examine current directed infrared countermeasures systems. In addition, properties of high-power damage mechanisms and future trends in missile warning and laser resonator design will be explored. In completing this course, you will be able to identify test strategies, produce cost-effective system evaluations of directed infrared countermeasures systems, and more.

Course Content


  • Early U.S. missile design (1950’s-1960’s)
  • Mid-1980’s typical threats
  • Modern missiles and microprocessors


  • Ultraviolet
  • Infrared


  • Transport and fighter aircraft
  • Attack and cargo helicopter


  • Gas-based lasers
  • Optical parametric oscillators
  • Quantum cascade lasers


  • Emulative level digital threat simulations
  • Jam code and laboratory testing
  • Live fire
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.

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 engineers, technicians, and test and evaluation managers.

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What You Will Learn

  • The evolution of the infrared-guided missiles threat and history of directed infrared countermeasures
  • Components of a directed infrared countermeasures system
  • Infrared sources
  • Digital modeling requirements for system evaluation
  • Open-air testing considerations
Adult learners participating in classroom discussion

How You Will Benefit

  • Catalog threat types.
  • Identify threat defeat mechanisms.
  • Select infrared jamming sources.
  • Examine missile warning system trade-offs.
  • Deal with the components of a directed infrared countermeasures system.
  • Identify test strategies and test facility resources.
  • Produce cost-effective system evaluations of directed infrared countermeasures 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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