Upcoming course: Introduction to Electronic Defence (2015)

9 Apr 2015 - 11:45

Next week, from 13 to 17 April 2015, Ferdie Potgieter and Jacobus Vlok (click on their names to read their biographies) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria are giving the students of the Radar Masters programme an Introduction to Electronic Defence/Warfare. Click on the title to read more about the course, or download the PDF of the course handout.

Lecture venue: The lectures are taking place in the Seminar Room on the 6th floor of the Menzies Building, Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town.

Course Handout: Introduction to Electronic Defence 2015
Download Course Handout: Electronic Defence 2015

CPD - RED Brochure 2015
Download CPD – RED Brochure 2015

The course aims to introduce the student to RF Electronic Defence.

Electronic Defence (ED) is a military action whose ultimate aim is to control the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). The objective is to exploit, reduce or prevent hostile use of the EMS while still retaining friendly use thereof.

ED comprises of three main disciplines, which have found numerous electromagnetic (radio frequency (RF), optical etc.) as well as acoustic civilian and military applications: electronic support, electronic attack and electronic protection.

A good prior knowledge of the topics of digital signal processing, electromagnetics, mathematics and statistics is highly recommended for this course. A good knowledge on subjects of radar and communications is also required. Students should be competent in using scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Octave or Python.

Students have to master fundamental concepts in Electronic Defence on a high-level (identification of tactics and applications) as well as on a detail level (the design of a suitable detector to required specifications). Students are required to link theoretical concepts in Electronic Defence to typical applications and to solve problems of an engineering nature.

The following themes are covered:

  1. The history of electronic defence: To review how the developments in radar gave rise to Electronic Defence and how critical conflicts such as World War II, the Six-Day war and the first Gulf war shaped this kind of defence.
  2. An overview of electronic defence: Given the historical developments of advanced sensors, the student will be exposed to the formal definition of Electronic Defence and the three main disciplines thereof. After a brief review of relevant radar and communication concepts, students will learn about the application of ED.
  3. Electronic support: The student will learn about the various approaches to ES against radar and communications systems. Here, the technical details and capabilities are presented that make each approach unique. LPI radar will be a case study and search, detection, location and classification principles will be applied.
  4. Electronic attack: The student will learn about the various EA techniques and the radar or communications components that are targeted. Here, the technical details of EA are presented. Both radar and communication jamming will be cases of study.
  5. Electronic protection: The student will learn about the various aspects of EP. Here, the technical details of EP are presented.

For more information on all the courses being offered in the Radar Masters programme this year, visit this link.

You can also register for this course as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) student (download CPD – RED Brochure 2015).