COURSE # ROO-419
... most informative coverage of Active Electrically-Scanned Aperture (AESA) based radar systems, the enabling technologies and future trends...
This course, offered in either a three- or four-day format, is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the technologies, designs and capabilities of Active Electrically-Scanned (AESA) radar. The specific focus of this course is on setting solid foundations of the engineering principles, systems integration, mission operations, and support of combat aircraft, naval vessels and air/missile defense systems employing AESA radars.
AESA radar has revolutionized the performance, operational flexibility and resilience of radars in many diverse applications. Important advances include the use of Gallium Nitride-based amplifiers for improved transmit power, noise figure, stability and thermal properties. Other key technologies include sophisticated pulse compression waveforms, digital beamforming, digital receivers/exciters, and adaptive power management. New software methods enable effective design, analysis and operation of these complex systems.
AESA radars are becoming far more cost/effective for modern military and commercial applications, due to better producibility of power-efficient Transmit/Receive modules and the flexibility afforded by software-defined waveforms and power management.
AESA provides enormous advantages over mechanically-scanned and passive electronically scanned radars:
- Waveform and beam agility enables simultaneous multi-role capabilities: air/air, air/surface and surface/air target detection, tracking, recognition, imaging, navigation, Electronic Combat, etc.
- High signal stability provides enhanced target detection capability in clutter and jamming environments.
- Pulse-to-pulse agility, sidelobe nulling and spread spectrum waveforms enhance low-probability of intercept and jam resistance.
- Arrays of low-power solid-state amplifiers provide long-range detection capability using stable, wideband pulse compression waveforms.
- AESA radar are much more reliable than mechanically- or passively-scanning radars due to the large number of independent T/R modules involving relatively low-power solid-state devices with no need for mechanical switches or steering.
Applications and benefits:
You will benefit by enhancing your understanding of the:
- Passive and active phased array concepts
- AESA radar architectures, the increasing use of digital beamforming and digital receivers/exciters
- T/R module design and the enabling solid-state technologies (particularly GaN)
- The applications and effectiveness of specific advanced radar waveforms: MTI, SAR, ISAR, FM ranging, passive and burst ranging, DBS, STAP, MIMO, etc.
- The characteristics and capabilities of modern AESA radar systems as used in fourth- and fifth-generation fighter aircraft, in multifunction shipboard radar and in air and missile defenses
- The use of advanced multi-mode radars integrated into a sophisticated multi-sensor suite; including passive attack, cooperative engagement tactics and net-centric operations
Who should attend:
This course is an invaluable resource for the technical community; it greatly benefits executives, program managers, system analysts, programmers and engineers, who design, support or operate radar-based systems. It is best suited for those with prior training in related technical fields.
Operational system developers and users will expand their knowledge of:
- the commonalities and the differences among AESA, Passively-Electronically Scanned (PESA) and mechanically scanned radar
- the capabilities, limitations and the enormous potential of AESA radar
- tactics for effectively using AESA radar
- the consequences of adversary AESA radars
Test and evaluation engineers will be able to:
- relate AESA radar performance to design and operational factors
- diagnose performance issues and determine likely causes
Acquisition and development professionals will be able to:
- compare alternative radar technologies and designs
- recognize opportunities for enhancement: "Software-defined radar"
- stay on top of the latest developments and trends in AESA radar technologies, systems and capabilities
Day 1: AESA FUNDAMENTALS
- Radar fundamentals
- Passive and active array radar evolution
- AESA radar concept and issues
- Key AESA technologies: power amplifiers, T/R modules
- AESA architectures
- Pulse compression
- Component/subsystem technologies
- Solid-state amplifiers
- The GaN revolution
- T/R modules
Day 2: OPERATIONAL USE
- Digital phased array radar
- Digital beamforming
- Digital receiver/exciters
- Digital signal processors
- AESA in combat aircraft
- Current and next-generation multi-mission radars
- Air-to-air modes: search/detection, tracking, ID and weapon support
- Air-to-surface modes: MTI, SAR, DBS
- AESA in multi-function shipboard radar
- AESA in integrated air and missile defense systems
- Netted and sensor-fused radar
Day 3: WAVEFORMS AND PROCESSING TECHNIQUES
- Electronic combat:
- ECCM: LO waveforms, sidelobe suppression/nulling
- EW: AESA jamming modes
- EW: AESA jamming modes
- Pulse compression waveforms
Day 4: AESA RADAR SYSTEM ENGINEERING AND SUPPORT
- Space time adaptive processing
- Requirements and development process
- Software for design of phased-array radars
- Cooling engineering
- Reliability engineering
- Test and evaluation
- Tools and methods
- T/R module testing
- Array testing
- System integration testing
- Operations support
- Avionics system integration
- Radar calibration and self-test
- Radar management and user interface
- Support and maintenance
- Acronyms and Abbreviations
About the Instructor
Alan Steinberg has been directly involved in the development, integration and evaluation of AESA radar systems and the key enabling technologies. He has spent decades in system engineering for the advanced AESA radars and related systems for Ballistic Missile Defense and for fifth-generation fighter aircraft (F-35). He began his professional career as an Electronic Warfare analyst for the U.S. Army and subsequently developed and evaluated self-protection EW systems for major combat aircraft: F-15, F-16, EA-6B, EF-111A, ATF/F-22, F-35.
Alan Steinberg is recognized internationally as one of the leading experts in radar, EW and sensor fusion with over 35 years' experience as a designer, developer and operational user of major electronic combat and intelligence systems.
Highlights of Alan Steinberg’s career:
- Independent Consultant, recently Principal Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Previous positions with Lockheed, Litton, TASC, USU/SDL, ERIM and CUBRC.
- System engineering and technology development for BMD Ground-Based Radar Systems: designed, evaluated and supported acquisition for THAAD, NMD/GBR and UEWR radars. Deeply involved in every stage of concept development, design, technical evaluation, cost analysis, subsystem engineering, system engineering and combat system integration.
- Currently developing radar target tracking and discrimination technology for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, which he has supported for over 25 years.
- Consulting and training to U.S. F-35 program office and affiliated test and evaluation, and training organizations.
- Training courses in radar theory, advanced radar systems, electronic warfare, and multi-sensor fusion for diverse U.S. Navy, Airforce and Army organizations, as well as for organizations across NATO, Australia and Singapore.
- Member of Missile Defense Agency ISEG (Independent Scientific and Engineering Group). Support to MDA in radar technology, multi-sensor fusion, and RF/IR sensor integration.
- System engineering and analysis for numerous tactical EW and RWR and SIGINT systems: EA-6B, EF-111A, F-22 ICNIA/INEWS, E-2C, S-3A/E-P3 TASES, A-12, F-14 AN/ALR-67, RF-4E TEREC, LHX, BLD-1, F-15 RFIS, NATO AWACS, etc.
- Recent work in technology evaluation, forecasting and road mapping. State-of-the art evaluation of Automatic Target Recognition techniques. Technology studies in Air and Missile Multi-Sensor Data Fusion, and various sensing and signal processing techniques;
- Developed advanced signal processing and target location algorithms for strategic and tactical ISR and EW systems.
- EW operator/analyst for US Army in overseas deployment.
- Member of the JDL Data Fusion Group, for which he revised the well-known JDL Data Fusion Model. Recipient of the prestigious Mignona Award for outstanding achievement in data fusion. He has served on blue-ribbon panels for the US Government to evaluate and recommend technology developments and the restructuring of the Intelligence Enterprise.
Course: ROO-419 Duration: 4 Days FEE: $1,799 CEUs: 2.88
Note that this course can also be presented as a three-day option
Please direct any additional inquiries regarding our courses to Zygmond Turski, Program Director, by e-mail, FAX: (202) 241-6622 or TELEPHONE: (202) 241-6326.
Call toll free 1-800-683-7267 from anywhere in the Continental U.S. or CANADA.
Last modified May 4, 2019.