Naval Weapons Principles Training

Commitment 4 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Naval Weapons Principles Training is designed for students that have a college-level knowledge of mathematics and basic physics to gain the “big picture” as related to basic sensor and weapons theory. As in all disciplines knowing the vocabulary is fundamental for further exploration, this course strives to provide the physical explanation behind the vocabulary such that students have a working vernacular of naval weapons.

  • 4 days of Naval Weapons Principles Training with an expert instructor
  • Naval Weapons Principles Training Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Naval Weapons Principles Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Scientific and engineering principles behind systems such as radar, sonar, electro-optics, guidance systems, explosives, and ballistics. Specifically:
  • Analyze weapon systems in their environment, examining elements of the “detect to engage sequence” from sensing to target damage mechanisms.
  • Apply the concept of energy propagation and interaction from source to distant objects via various media for detection or destruction.
  • Evaluate the factors that affect a weapon system’s sensor resolution and signal-to-noise ratio. Including the characteristics of a multiple-element system and/or array.
  • Knowledge to make reasonable assumptions and formulate first-order approximations of weapons systems’ performance.
  • Assess the design and operational tradeoffs on weapon systems’ performance from a high level.
  • From this course, you will obtain the knowledge and ability to perform basic sensor and weapon calculations, identify tradeoffs, interact meaningfully with colleagues, evaluate systems, and understand the literature.
  • We can adapt this Naval Weapons Principles course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Naval Weapons Principles course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Naval Weapons Principles around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Naval Weapons Principles Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Naval Weapons Principles course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Naval Weapons Principles course are:

  • Basic technical knowledge


  1. Introduction to Combat Systems: Discussion of combat system attributes
  2. Introduction to Radar: Fundamentals, examples, sub-systems, and issues
  3. The Physics of Radar: Electromagnetic radiations, frequency, transmission, and reception, waveforms, PRF, minimum range, range resolution and bandwidth, scattering, target cross-section, reflectivities, scattering statistics, polarimetric scattering, propagation in the Earth troposphere
  4. Radar Theory: The radar range equation, signal, and noise, detection threshold, noise in receiving systems, detection principles, measurement accuracies. Naval Weapons Principles Training
  5. The Radar Sub-systems: Transmitter, antenna, receiver, and signal processor (Pulse Compression and Doppler filtering principles, automatic detection with adaptive detection threshold, the CFAR mechanism, sidelobe blanking angle estimation), the radar control program and data processor (SAR/ISAR are addressed as antenna excursions)
  6. Workshop: Hands-on exercises relative to Antenna basics; and radar range analysis with and without detailed losses and the pattern propagation factor
  7. Electronic Attack and Electronic Protection: Noise and deceptive jamming, and radar protection techniques
  8. Electronically Scanned Antennas: Fundamental concepts, directivity and gain, elements and arrays, near and far field radiation, element factor and array factor, illumination function and Fourier transform relations, beamwidth approximations, array tapers and sidelobes, electrical dimension and errors, array bandwidth, steering mechanisms, grating lobes, phase monopulse, beam broadening, examples
  9. Solid State Active Phased Arrays: What are solid state active arrays (SSAA), what advantages do they provide, emerging requirements that call for SSAA (or AESA), SSAA issues at T/R module, array, and system levels
  10. Radar Tracking: Functional block diagram, what is radar tracking, firm track initiation, and range, track update, track maintenance, algorithmic alternatives (association via single or multiple hypotheses, tracking filters options), the role of electronically steered arrays in radar tracking
  11. Current Challenges and Advancements: Key radar challenges, key advances (transmitter, antenna, signal stability, digitization, digital processing, waveforms, algorithms)
  12. Electro-Optical theory. Radiometric Quantities, Stephan Boltzmann Law, Wein’s Law. Naval Weapons Principles Training
  13. Electro-Optical Targets, Background, and Attenuation. Lasers, Selective Radiation, Thermal Radiation Spreading, Divergence, Absorption Bands, Beers Law, and Night Vision Devices.
  14. Infrared Range Equation. Detector Response and Sensitivity, Derivation of Simplified IR Range Equation, Example problems.
  15. Sound Propagation in Oceans. Thermal Structure of Ocean, Sound Velocity Profiles, Propagation Paths, Transmission Losses.
  16. SONAR Figure of Merit. Target Strength, Noise, Reverberation, Scattering, Detection Threshold, Directivity Index, and Passive and Active Sonar Equations.
  17. Underwater Detection Systems. Transducers and Hydrophones, Arrays, Variable Depth Sonar, Sonobuoys, Bistatic Sonar, and Non-Acoustic Detection Systems to include Magnetic Anomaly Detection.
  18. Weapon Ballistics and Propulsion. Relative Motion, Interior and Exterior Ballistics, Reference Frames and Coordinate Systems, and Weapons Systems Alignment.
  19. Guidance: Guidance laws and logic include pursuit, constant bearing, proportion navigation, and kappa-gamma. Seeker design.
  20. Fuzing Principles. Fuze System Classifications, Proximity Fuzes, Non-proximity Fuzes.
  21. Chemical Explosives. Characteristics of Military Explosives, Measurement of Chemical Explosive Reactions, Power Index Approximation.
  22. Warhead Damage Predictions. Quantifying Damage, Circular Error Probable, Blast Warheads, Diffraction and Drag loading on targets, Fragmentation Warheads, Shaped Charges, Special Purpose Warheads.
  23. Underwater Warheads. Underwater Explosion Damage Mechanisms, Torpedoes, Naval Mine Classification.
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