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Electronic Warfare Introduction / Overview

Two days, unclassified -- Presented by Dave Adamy


Course description:  This course provides an introduction to and overview of electronic warfare at the systems and operational level.  It covers the important EW definitions and concepts in practical, physical terms, and goes on to teach the important EW calculations using simple dB formulas.   All information needed to understand the material is explained and included in the course. 



EW Principles and Overview

Basic EW definitions and concepts

dB math

Frequency ranges

Radio propagation overview

EW Threats

Types of threats

Lethal range

Guidance approaches

Threat signals

Types of radars

Resolution cell

LPI signals

Radio Propagation

                The one way link equation

                Radar link equation

ESM / SIGINT Concepts

                ESM vs. ECM

                ESM vs. SIGINT

                Signal externals & analysis

                ESM Systems




                Intercept calculations

                Search and Probability of Intercept

                Emitter Location

ECM Concepts and Calculations

                Jamming definitions

                Chaff & Decoys


                Self Protection J/S and Burn-through range calculations

                Stand-off J/S and Burn-through calculations

Jamming Techniques

                Cover jamming techniques

                Deceptive Jamming Techniques


Presentation Technique:

                Lecture, using Power Point slides

                In-class exercises


Who should attend:  This course is designed for technical professionals who are new to the EW profession, but it is also valuable for professionals in related fields who interface with EW technical staff.


Class Materials:  308 page hard cover text book, EW 101 written by the course presenter.  Two supplementary booklets, antenna slide rule


Note:  Each attendee should bring a scientific calculator for in-class exercises


Instructor:            Dave Adamy is an internationally recognized expert in electronic warfare who writes the popular monthly EW-101 column in the Journal of Electronic Defense.  He has over 40 years experience as a systems engineer and program technical director, developing EW systems from DC to Light, deployed on platforms from submarines to space.  He has published over 140 professional articles on electronic warfare, receiver system design and closely related subjects.  He holds an MSEE (communication theory) and has ten books in print.

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