Course Title: Radar Systems 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radar Systems 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Kamran Ghorbani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5064

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.18

Course Coordinator Availability: See office door for availability

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have successfully completed Radar Systems 1 or equivalent studies.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the technologies and techniques deployed in today’s EW systems. You will gain knowledge in radar characteristics, infrared and electro-optical systems, spectrum spreading, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), laser warning systems and missile warning systems. A thorough and challenging problem set for each class of EW technology is explained in this course which teaches you how to evaluate systems and their applications.

The emphasis will be placed on advance airborne radars currently in service in applications ranging from long-range surveillance to environmental monitoring.

The course will be strongly design oriented with a strong development of practical design skills.

Particular topics to be investigated will include:

1. Threats.
2. Introduction to electronic countermeasures and counter-countermeasures.
3. Infrared and Electro-Optics: heat seeking missiles, IR imagery systems, night vision devices, laser designators, and countermeasures.
4. Emitter location and spectrum spreading.
5. Synthetic aperture radar.
6. Laser warning systems.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

• High levels of technical competence in the field
• Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Explain the principles of operation of EW systems.
2. Design and simulate EW systems.
3. Select suitable ECM and ECCM strategies for particular threat scenarios.
4. Select suitable measurement methodologies to characterise and verify the performance of Laser warning systems.
5. Apply measurements to characterise and verify the performance of EW systems.
6. Research and analyse information from the public domain 7. Communicate findings through written reports.
8. Work in a team environment with minimal direction from a supervisor.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

- Attendance at lectures where the syllabus material will be presented.
- Completion of the tutorial questions which consist of numerical and analytical problems.
- Completion of writing assignments (group work) including design and analysis of a radar system using available software. Both tutorials and assignments are designed to give feedback on your progress and understanding.
- Completion of laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on your progress and understanding.
- Private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to lecture materials, tutorial problems on the online as well as through external Internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment components are: Mid Semester Test, Assignment, Laboratory and Final Examination.