Introduction to Electronic Warfare


The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the issues associated with the design and provision of tactical electronic warfare (EW) systems on the modern battlespace.  Both communications EW and non-communications EW are discussed.

The course is for anyone who needs to understand tactical electronic warfare, including military officers, defence civilians, and members of defence industry.  No prior military or technical knowledge is assumed.

Who Should Attend

Course Outline


Dates & Registration

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Classroom


Advertised: Canberra

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the  for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive:

  • A copy of the book Tactical Electronic Warfare.
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education short courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs

*pending final results 




Anyone requiring an understanding of tactical electronic warfare, including, but not limited to:

Capability development staff Systems Engineers
Business Managers Hardware and Software Engineers
Project Managers  





The Operational Environment | Command and Control (C2) and the C2 Cycle | Network-centric Warfare / Information Warfare/ Electronic Warfare

Communications EW

Tactical Communications Architectures

Architectural Drivers | Current and Future Architectures | Potential Targets for EW

Electronic Protection (EP)

Passive EP | Active EP – encryption, spread spectrum

Electronic Support (ES)

Search / Intercept / Direction Finding / Analysis | ES Platforms | ES and Tactical Communications Systems

Electronic Attack (EA)

Jamming / Deception / Neutralisation | EA and Tactical Communications Systems

EW Planning

Electronic Warfare and Digitisation

Network Issues | UWB (Impulse) Radio | ALE | Software Radio | Quantum Cryptography and Computing

Radio-Frequency Directed-Energy Weapons

Non-Communications EW

Electronic Support (ES)

Signal Characteristics | Operational Requirements for RWR and ESM | Receivers – Superhet, CVR, IFM, Bragg cell | Performance – Angle of Arrival/DF, Sensitivity, POI, Identification, selectivity, signal types | Identification Parameters– PW, PRI, RF, MOP, Staggers, coherence Counters to LPI radar

RF Countermeasures (ECM/EA)

EA Strategy | RGPO, VGPO, NBN, DBM, R/VGPO | AM angle techniques, cross eye, cross pol | Chaff and CMDSs | Towed decoys, including repeaters and FOTDs

IR Countermeasures (IRCM)

IR missile operation | MTV Flares | Special Materials | IR Jamming devices | DIRCM

Missile Warning Systems

Rationale/requirement, including performance | Missile attributes | Detection methods – IR, UV, Pulse Doppler | Coverage | Installed performance and support

Laser Warning Systems

Military lasers and their uses | Laser attributes | Performance criteria / Problems/ False alarm rates | Installation issues



Dr. Craig Benson is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Craig Benson holds a Bachelor degree in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales (Australia), a Master degree in science from Cranfield University (UK), and a second Master degree in Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales (Australia).  He is a former RAAF engineering office and consultant.  His research experience and interests are in Space Communication, Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks, Underwater Communications, Guided Weapons, Electronic Warfare, Radar Systems and GPS & Navigation Warfare.



Associate Professor Mike Ryan holds BE, MEngSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management and Leadership (MIML). Since 1981, he has held a number of positions in communications and systems engineering and in management and project management. Since 1998, he has been with the University of New South Wales, at the Australian Defence Force Academy where he is currently the Director of the Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests are in communications and information systems, requirements engineering, systems engineering, project management, and technology management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is a co-chair of the Requirements Working Group INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 200 technical papers and reports.


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