DRFM Technology and Design for Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare | On-Demand Course

Course Details

DRFM Technology and Design for Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare | On-Demand Course

Course Length: 24 hours total - delivered across eight sessions of 3-hours each.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 24

Description: Digital RF memories (DRFMs), are arguably, the most important technology and a driving force in electromagnetic maneuver warfare (EMW). This course examines both the design of the DRFM as well as the technologies and strategies used to create superior false target decoys. In addition, machine learning and the capability to autonomously detect and classify in real-time, enemy systems that use waveforms and frequencies not previously encountered or anticipated is emphasized.

Who Should Attend: This course is intended primarily for engineers and scientists interested in the technology and design of digital RF memories and electronic warfare receivers including the techniques used in electromagnetic maneuver warfare (EMW). Attendees should have a good knowledge of radar systems and signal processing. Example problems are worked out to demonstrate the concepts and further the understanding of the material being presented. Some MATLAB programs are used to help students clarify difficult concepts.


Course Agenda

  • Session 1
    • Historical significance, spectrum focus in EMW, design concepts, identifying both amplitude- and phase-sampling DRFM architectures and their characteristics, digital design trade-offs, noise components and sampling, quantify the phase and amplitude spurious signals generated, linearity, dynamic performance prediction.
  • Session 2
    • Technical considerations, necessary bandwidth, networks of comparators, problems using wideband vs. narrowband for EA, recent wideband System-on-a-Chip DRFM results, methods to predict and reduce the spurious frequencies.
  • Session 3
    • Nonuniform sampling, oversampling, undersampling, analysis/synthesis channelizer technique, trade-offs in resolution; symmetrical number system and wideband DFT EW receivers, Nyquist folding receiver.
  • Session 4
    • DRFM integrated photonics, HTS/LTS, Brief tutorial concerning optical link components including: laser, Mach-Zehnder interferometer, detector and advantages; integration of p-downconverter into RF section of DRFM; significance of photonic ADC preprocessing architecture; engineering of photonic direction finding (DF) array; photonic Nyquist folding receiver; SQUID transducers.
  • Session 5
    • EA algorithms, different DRFM uses in EW, popular applications, deception, EA coherent repeater methods; mathematical model performance, functional requirements for both range and velocity deception.
  • Session 6
    • Augmentation GPU/FPGAs for superior RF decoys, examine the role of new generation of firmware to enable deception algorithms in hard-kill engagement; signal processing methods in a coherent seeker (ISAR), DRFM decoy processor advantages, digital image synthesizers, creating multiple structured false targets
  • Session 7
    • ES algorithms for cognitive spectrum sensing, signal detection and emitter classification, important emitter modulations, machine learning & convolutional neural networks (CNN), deep learning, big data issues.
  • Session 8
    • Counter-DRFM techniques, pulse diversity methods e.g., phase modulation and orthogonal coding; signal processing techniques such as polarization discrimination, range glint, frequency diversity, statistical signal processing methods.


Course Pricing

AOC Members - $480

Non-Members - $720

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Dr. Phillip Pace is a Senior Scientist in the Emerging Technologies department at L3Harris Technologies, Plano, Texas and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering, SMU (Southern Methodist University) and a Distinguished Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Electrical an d Computer Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to joining the Naval Postgraduate School, he was at General Dynamics Corporation, Air Defense Systems Division and previously at Hughes Aircraft Company, Radar Systems Group. He is the founding director for the NPS Center for Joint Services Electronic Warfare and the author of three textbooks, Advanced Techniques for Digital Receivers, Artech House Publishing, 2000, and Detecting and Classifying Low Probability of Intercept Radar, Artech House Publishing, 2004 and the 2nd Edition in 2009. Dr. Pace has been a principal investigator on numerous research projects in the areas of microwave-photonic receiver design, signal processing, electronic warfare and weapon systems analysis, has 11 patents and over 40 referred journal publications. He is a Technical Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronics Systems Engineering, a life member of the AOC and is a Fellow of the IEEE.