Radar Cross Section Reduction

Course Description

Review radar echo characteristics and how they may be controlled or modified, focusing on radar cross section reduction (RCSR) principles and basic concepts. Explore aviation radar cross section reduction applications, while touching on radar cross section reduction for other vehicle types. Examine basic techniques of echo control and characteristics of simple shapes. Review tools used in devising radar cross section reduction treatments. Get hands-on experience with materials characterization and applying these materials to a test body.

Important Course Information

This course is classified. All attendees must be US citizens with Secret-Level Clearance and Need-to-Know Certification. Click here for the Need-to-Know Form.

No personal items, including laptop computers, will be allowed in the building or classroom and no storage compartments are available.

Available Sections

CRN Start date End date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost
16029 Jun 6, 2016 Jun 8, 2016 Jun 6, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, GA $1,795
Section Details
16031 Oct 31, 2016 Nov 2, 2016 Oct 31, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, GA $1,795
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14524 Sep 8, 2014 Sep 10, 2014 Classroom Orlando, FL $1,595
14365 Nov 3, 2014 Nov 5, 2014 Classroom Atlanta, GA $1,495
15343 Jun 8, 2015 Jun 10, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $1,695
15341 Nov 2, 2015 Nov 4, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $1,695

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to https://webwise.gtri.gatech.edu/gtpe-defense-technology-and-osha-short-course-discount-gtri-employees for a coupon code to use when checking out.  

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



  • Knowledge of electromagnetic theory

Who Should Attend

Engineers, maintenance crews and managers from industry and the military

How You Will Benefit

  • Place radar cross section reduction in the context of the overall platform survivability.

  • Understand the fundamentals of high-frequency and low-frequency scattering mechanisms.

  • Reduce scattering through platform shaping and material treatments.

  • Understand radar cross section measurement and prediction data formats.

  • Understand radar cross section reduction in terms of reliability and maintainability through the platform’s life cycle.


  • Radar fundamentals

  • Electromagnetics and scattering basics

  • Radar cross section data examples and presentation formats

  • Surface wave mechanisms

  • Design concepts

  • Radar-absorbing material design

  • Nonspecular RAM

  • High-frequency scattering mechanisms

  • Inlet and exhaust cavities

  • Radar cross section of antennas

  • Radar cross section of holes and slots

  • Radar cross section estimation

  • Low-frequency radar cross section radar

  • Radar cross section computer models

  • Radar cross section diagnostics

  • Radar cross section measurement ranges



  • Unclassified course notes on CD-ROM

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Bruce Glasgow, Ph.D.