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Electromagnetic detection - 2022

Radar systems: existing and future concepts

Theoretical principles and applications


This course provides the knowledge and methodology through a rigorous and comprehensive approach to help learners understand how signal processing directly determines the design dimensions of current and future radar systems.


The course lasts 10 days (60 hours) over 2 non-consecutive weeks organized as follows:

1st part (5 days), including: 

  • 13 x 1.5-hours lectures
  • 5 hours of engineering design
  • 9 hours of practical work

2nd part (5 days), including:

  • 12 x 1.5-hours lectures
  • 6 hours of engineering design
  • 6 hours on future concepts - 1 final discussion

Learners are required to bring a pocket scientific calculator.


This course supplements course ELA 006 for learners interested in the principles of radar signal processing and the processes used in modern radar, both in terms of signal reception and antennas. It involves a significantly theoretical format during the first week before addressing the different types of radar and ending with an expansion towards adaptive methods.

A significant part is reserved for practical work and tutorials.


Course level: Advanced/Specialization

The following are essential to take this course: 

  • General scientific knowledge (minimum level DEUG A) for general basics (real and complex functions, integration, Fourier transform, vector spaces and matrix calculus)
  • General radar knowledge as per course ELA 006 (vocabulary, basic principles, characteristics and structures of the radar, propagation, etc.).


Laurent SAVY:

Director of New Radar Concepts and Processes, Electromagnetism and Radar Department, ONERA


Engineer at THALES Communications and Security


Technical Director Business Line Missile Electronics, THALES Land and Air Systems

François GOSSELIN:

Radar Architect, THALES AIR SYSTEMS.


1st PART - Theoretical principles

  • Theoretical principles of signal processing
    • Summary of general definitions: power, spectrum, filtering, complex video signals
    • Properties of random signals: spectral density, filtering, autocorrelation
  • Radar applications
    • Application to noise and radar signals - Practical criteria
    • Propagation of the radar signal
    • Doppler filtering, distance processing chain - Doppler
    • Radar performance in detection and location
    • Ambiguity functions, resolution, precision
    • Ambiguity functions, resolution, precision
  • Specific applications
    • Doppler filtering, VCM technique
    • Detection in clutter
    • Tracking radar
    • Tailing, extraction

2nd PART - Applications and prospectives

  • Study of various radar types
    • Pulse compression radar
    • Distance radar - Ground-to-air Doppler
    • Air-air airborne radar
    • Synthetic antenna radar
    • Electronic scanning and active antenna radar
  • Introduction to adaptive methods
    • Adaptive antennas
    • Adaptive Doppler filtering
    • Beamforming by calculation
    • Removal of jammers
    • Spatiotemporal processing (STAP)
  • Future concepts
    • Requirements
    • New techniques
    • Resource management of time, frequency and space
    • Radar simulation


Scheduled in French:

PARIS: 1st part: 14 to 18 November 2022

PARIS: 2nd part: 12 to 16 December 2022


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€4,190 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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