Infrared Countermeasures

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Infrared Countermeasures

Course Description

By taking this course, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of military infrared, electro-optical, and laser countermeasures. Understand the issues, principles, and equipment designed to defeat weapons operating in the visual and infrared spectral regions. Focus on techniques that reduce the susceptibility of air and ground vehicles to acquisition, tracking, and homing weapons, and get an assessment of their effectiveness and study developing technologies. Ultimately, you'll walk away with the know-how to choose the proper countermeasure suite for your platform.

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


  • Laser warning
  • Missile warning


  • Homing missiles (semi-active and passive)
  • Target set driven design
  • Flare rejection capabilities


  • Chemistry and radiation properties
  • Dispenser location philosophy
  • Fundamentals of cocktail design


  • Aircraft signature overview
  • Jam code parameters
  • Narrow FOV versus wide FOV and system considerations


  • Threat overview
  • Countermeasure insertion points
  • Soft kill techniques
  • APS and hard kill
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.





  • Hard copy of all classified slides and instructor's notes.

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, scientists, technicians, managers, marketing personnel, and military planners. A technical background and some familiarity with infrared techniques is recommended.

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What You Will Learn

  • An overview of infrared countermeasures and warning systems
  • Threat missile characteristics and countermeasure decoys
  • Waveform jammers and imaging threat countermeasures
  • Laser fire control countermeasures and active protection systems
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How You Will Benefit

  • Choose the proper countermeasure suite for your platform.
  • Compare the merits of different missile and laser warning receivers.
  • Understand counter-countermeasure techniques employed by advanced threat missiles.
  • Select the best flare type and dispense patterns.
  • Understand the defeat mechanisms used by narrow beam and omni-directional jammers.
  • Learn the differences between IRCM and EOCM/PIRCM systems.
  • Understand the status of Active Protection System (APS) development.
  • Assess the merits of emerging countermeasure techniques.
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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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