Introduction to Directed Energy Weapons | On-Demand Course

Course Details

Introduction to Directed Energy Weapons | On-Demand Course

Course Length: 18 hours total - delivered across six sessions of 3-hours each.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 18

Description: This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Direct Energy Weapons (DEW) across the electromagnetic spectrum. The goal is to provide an understanding of the operation of laser and high-power microwave DEWs in military applications, including their design trade-offs, and target effects.

The course starts with an introduction to DEWs, and the physics they are based upon in operation, atmospheric propagation, and target effects. It then moves into several sessions on specific forms of DEW, including: lasers, high-power microwaves, and particle beams. These concepts are then tied together with target tracking in DEWs to explore DEW design at the system level. The course concludes with a session on how DEWs affect their targets, and how these effects can be modelled.

The discussion of various DEWs will be reinforced with modelling demonstrations in MATLAB to illustrate how DEWs operate. For more ambitious students, optional labs will be provided to explore these concepts in a modelling environment, with a focus on understanding the design trade-offs, and target effects.

Who Should Attend: The intended audience of this course are Electronic Warfare (EW) professionals and members of the defense community looking to expand their knowledge of the field and machine learning. No prior experience in EW is required, but a background in engineering or science is recommended.


Course Agenda

  • Session 1
    • Introduction and Concepts
  • Session 2
    • Physics of Direct Energy Weapons
  • Session 3
    • Understanding Lasers
  • Session 4
    • Microwave Direct Energy Weapons
  • Session 5
    • Advanced Concepts and Tracking
  • Session 6
    • Direct Energy Effects


Course Pricing

AOC Members - $360

Non-Members - $540

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NOTE: Each registration is for one (1) participant ONLY. Distributing your login information or allowing others to participate in this course with you or under your account is grounds for removal from the course without a refund of any kind.


Kyle Davidson is a former signals officer, having served for 15 years in the Canadian Army. During this time, he held a variety of positions in the field force, on operations in Afghanistan, and as an educator. For the last five years in the Army he served at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, from which he holds a B.Eng. and M.A.Sc. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor at RMC and is scheduled to defend his Ph.D. in EW systems engineering in the spring of 2019.

Since leaving the Canadian Armed Forces he has worked as a Radar and Electronic Warfare Scientist and later Head of Capability at Tactical Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Leonardo MW, on a variety of projects, often related to the Eurofighter Typhoon's defensive aid suite. He is currently the Chief Engineer for Electronic Warfare Systems at MDA where he focus ses on developing EW technologies and teams to support a variety of projects in the land, air, sea, and space domains.