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Missiles, launchers, drones - 2019

Electromagnetic self-guidance systems for tactical missiles


This course is intended for learners who wish to gain an overview of electromagnetic self-guidance systems, from their design to their use in missiles. Several examples of missiles will be presented with their particular conceptual characteristics, their areas of use and their main performance capabilities as well as an insight into the key relevant technologies.


The course lasts 4 days (24 hours).


The self-guidance systems of many tactical missiles use electromagnetic waves of 100 GHz or less. The use of these frequencies has the essential advantage of relatively small propagation losses; this is therefore all-weather equipment. EM homing devices can be active for fire-and-forget, semi-active or passive missiles.The course aims to give an insight and overview of these electromagnetic self-guidance systems.


Course level: Basic

This course is intended for all learners with an understanding of the basic principles of radar as taught in course ELA 006.



Former Technical Director at Thales Systèmes Aéroportés


Head of the Systems Engineering Department

Electronic Missile Unit at Thales Optronique SAS


Radio Frequency Self-guidance Architect

Electronic Missile Unit at Thales Optronique SAS


  • Summary of the physical principles at play
    • Fundamental laws: radiation, propagation
    • Atmospheric propagation - Retrodiffusion of targets and the environment (clutter)
  • Principles of missile guidance
    • Simplified structure of the guidance loop
    • Role of angle-error measurement, guidance quality. Consequences on the specifications of a self-guidance device
  • General architecture of a self-guidance system, radar processing
    • Functions and data utilized, performance:
    • Search, detection, acquisition, tailing - Tracking: angular, distance, Doppler - Jamming and anti-jamming (principles)
  • Main operational missions, appropriate self-guidance system
    • Main operational tasks - associated constraints - essential features of self-guidance systems for each mission
  • Architectures of different types of EM-SGMs
    • Active SGM for anti-aircraft missions
      • Weapons system and its specifications
      • Choice of transmission frequency - Choice of waveforms - Signal and data processing - Main performance capabilities
    • Semi-active SGM for anti-aircraft missions
      • Description of the weapon system - Choice of frequencies and waveforms - Main performance capabilities - Advantages and disadvantages of active SGMs
    • Active SGM for anti-ship missions
      • Weapons system and its specifications - Choice of frequencies and waveforms - Different modes of operation - Main performance capabilities
    • Passive SGM for anti-radar missions
      • Weapons system and its specifications
      • Main performance capabilities
  •  Key technologies in operation
    • Different types of antennas - Radomes and their performance capabilities - Analog and digital receivers - Different types of transmitters - Generation of waveforms - Signal and data processing
  • Examples of missiles utilizing the SGM described
    • Air-to-air: MICA
    • Ground-to-air: ASTER
    • EXOCET anti-ship and HARM anti-radar
    • Terrestrial anti-target with imaging SGM



Scheduled in French:

PARIS: 11 to 14 June 2019


For the English realization, please, contact us.


€1,680 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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