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Electromagnetic detection - 2020

Introduction to radar: theory, basic principles and constituent elements


This course is for engineers and technicians wishing to learn about radar techniques. It will outline the components of radar and the principles they bring into play and will provide a solid theoretical basis of the issue of radar as a whole.


The course lasts 5 days (32 hours) and includes descriptive lectures and theories illustrated through practical work/tutorials.


This course focuses on the basic principles and components of radar.

The main elements of radar are reviewed and their principles are explored.

However, the course goes beyond a mere physical description and provides a theoretical basis necessary for understanding radar performance, especially with regard to signal processing.

Simple applications on a microcomputer help demonstrate these theoretical contributions and provide learners with tools that can be used for their application. These tools, as well as all course materials, are provided to learners on a CD-ROM at the end of the course.


This course is for engineers and technicians who have a basic knowledge of mathematics (complex numbers, integration of usual functions) and electronics.

Knowledge of Fourier transforms and probabilities are a plus but are not essential.

The course can be used as an introduction to the following courses:

  • ELA 007 "Radar systems: existing and future concepts"
  • ELA 013 "Airborne radar systems"
  • ELA 025 "Synthetic aperture radar imaging"


Jacques DARRICAU :

General Armament Engineer (2s)


With the collaboration of:

Didier TANFIN :

Head Engineer at DGA (R)


Engineer at THALES Communications


  • General principles
    • Principle and composition of radar
    • Performance criteria
  • Receivers
    • Radar receiver architecture
    • Radar receiver architecture
  • Antennas
    • Features and large categories of antennas for radar
    • Principle of electronic scanning
  • Emitters
    • Power components of radar systems
    • Modulators
  • The radar signal
    • Specifications
    • Principles of spectrum and filtering
  • Scope and radar coverage
    • Propagation equation, radar equation
    • Propagation, soil effect
  • Probabilistic aspect of radar detection 
    • Principles
    • Examination of typical cases
  • Tracking radars
    • Principles of distance measurement
    • Principles of angle measurement: scanning and monopulse
  • Visualization of moving targets
    • Principles
    • VCM filter performance review
  • Principle of modern receivers
    • Pulse compression
    • Coded radar systems
    • Correlation radar systems
    • Doppler pulse radar systems
    • High angular resolution radar systems
  • Principles of CW radars and passive radars
  • Airborne radars and their modes of operation
  • Principles of radar electronic warfare
  • Summary
  • Panel discussion


The purpose of this training is primarily to provide basic tools to aid participants' reflection rather than offering instruction.


Scheduled in French :

PARIS : 23 to 27 november 2020

(Initially scheduled : 7 to 11 September 2020)


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2,290 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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