Transport Aircraft Self-Protection IR Principles

Course Description

Examine threat infrared principles with application to fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. Such aircraft include the C-130, the C-17 and the C-5 as well as a variety of H-60 and H-47 aircraft and a variety of turboprop driven platforms. Explore systems, techniques, technology and phenomenology. The course is intended to provide guidance in producing improved expertise to tactics officers at the squadron level, systems engineers, and managers.

Course ID: DEF 1009P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

This course is classified.  Attendance is restricted to US citizens with the appropriate security clearance and need-to-know. All contractors wishing to attend a need-to-know classified course must have a US government sponsor or contracting officer signature.  

Georgia Tech's Research Security Office will only process need-to-know certification and clearance forms with the appropriate signature.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Need-to-Know Form to 404-407-8691

Electronic devices, including but not limited to laptops, calculators, Fitbit and Garmins, are not permitted in the classroom. Limited storage compartments may be available in some locations.

Contract Only Course

This course is available for contract only. Please fill out this form if you are interested in this offering.

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

Tactics officers at the squadron level who need to obtain guidance and improved expertise

How You Will Benefit

  • Describe the major features of aircraft infrared signatures.

  • Examine the infrared signature of transport aircraft and compare to other platforms.

  • Understand basic tracking and guidance concepts, including proportional navigation.

  • Examine threat decoy rejection techniques.

  • Review flare technologies and flare pattern development techniques.

  • Describe the principles of missile warning systems.

  • Define the concept of infrared jamming.

  • Enumerate the major current DIRCM countermeasure suite components.

  • Catalog the testing components available for IRCM suite evaluation.

  • Examine the potential equipment that may be acquired in the near future.


  • Signature fundamentals

  • AMC signatures

  • Missile homing seekers

  • Flares

  • Missile warning overview

  • AN/AAR-47 system

  • IR jammer overview

  • ALQ-157 system

  • DIRCM history and system testing

  • Enabling technologies

  • LAIRCM history

  • Simulation studies

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Charles Carstensen