Johnny Heikell


Introduction to EW Self-protection
With Emphasis on Airborne Platforms

This unclassified three-day seminar presents basic concepts of electronic warfare (EW) as applied to platform self-protection. The emphasis is on detecting and countering threats in the radar and electro-optical spectra: Radars and radar signatures, radar warning receivers, basic electro-optics, infrared and laser threats and their signatures, followed by techniques for detecting and countering these threats. Issues that are specific to communications EW are mentioned only in the introduction.

Aim of the seminar

The aim is to give participants an insight into the field of electronic warfare self-protection (EWSP) as a first step toward applied work and more advanced studies. The presentation is mainly descriptive, although basic theory is covered. There is no accompanying textbook, but those interested can get acquainted with David Adamy's EW 101 and EW 102 (Artech House). Course handouts contain a list of recommended literature.


Participants are assumed to have a basic knowledge of electronics and to be able to solve algebraic equations. Job experience with military electronic systems is an asset.

Seminar outline

Day 1

• Introduction & seminar objective
• Overview of EW
EW history
The role of EW in platform survivability
Definitions according to US Joint Chiefs of Staff
Alternative interpretations & terminology
EW and information operations
EW support & suppression of enemy air defense
• Threat systems & tactics
Ground-to-air systems
Air-to-air systems
Electronic order of battle
• Radars
Principle of operation, the basic radar equation
Main radar technologies
Search radars: Operational modes and signatures
Tracking radars: Operational modes and signatures
Propagation, clutter and radar performance

Day 2

• RF stealth technology
Radar stealth
Platform stealth
• Radar detection
Radiofrequency receivers
Radar warning receivers
Processing intercepted data
False alarms in radar warning receivers
• RF countermeasures
Chaff, properties and limitations
RF jammers and jamming techniques
Combined use of chaff and jamming
• Electro-optics (EO)
Introduction to electro-optics
Equipment and wavelength bands
EO threats and threat systems

Day 3

• EO detectors & warning receivers
Ultraviolet, infrared, and laser detectors
Missile warning systems
Laser warning receivers
Propagation, clutter and false alarms in te EO domain
• EO countermeasures
Flares, properties and limitations
Dispensers & dispensing
Infrared jammers: Omnidirectional and DIRCMs
Platform signature reduction
• EW system issues
Integrated self-protection suites
Test and evaluation
Spectrum management
EW development trends

Prices and Terms of Business

Please go to the TERMS OF BUSINESS page for information on seminar prices and other terms of business.

Return to top