Radar Cross Section Reduction

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Radar Cross Section Reduction

Course Description

In this course, you'll get an overview of radar echo characteristics and how these characteristics may be controlled or modified, focusing on the principles of radar cross section reduction (RCSR) and basic concepts. This course explores RCSR applications from an aviation perspective and also touches on other vehicle types. You will gain an understanding of the tools used in devising RCSR treatments, including computer modeling and laboratory measurements, as well as hands-on lab experience with materials characterization and the application of these materials to a test body.

Course Content


  • RCSR history
  • Electromagnetic scattering
  • Radar fundamentals


  • RCS data formats
  • Computational electromagnetic modeling
  • RCS ranges


  • High-frequency scattering
  • Low-frequency scattering


  • Antennas
  • Specular and non-specular RAM
  • Exhausts


  • Navy issues
  • Airframe requirements and operation
  • Airframe integration
  • Manufacturing and maintainability
Requirements & Materials
Important Information

This course requires Need-to-Know Certification and a clearance requirement. Please make sure to read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course.



  • Knowledge of electromagnetic theory


  • Unclassified course notes on CD-ROM
Course Restrictions

This course is classified. Attendance is restricted to US citizens with the appropriate security clearance and need-to-know. All contractors wishing to attend a need-to-know classified course must have a US government sponsor or contracting officer signature.

Georgia Tech's Research Security Office will only process need-to-know certification and clearance forms with the appropriate signature. There are no exceptions to this policy. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Need-to-Know Form to 404-407-8691.

Electronic devices, including but not limited to laptops, calculators, Fitbit and Garmins, are not permitted in the classroom. Limited storage compartments may be available in some locations.

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, maintenance crews, and managers from the defense industry and the military.

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What You Will Learn

  • Radar fundamentals and the basics of electromagnetics and scattering
  • Basic techniques of echo control and the characteristics of simple shapes
  • Radar cross section data formats and measurement
  • High-frequency and low-frequency scattering mechanisms
  • Radar-absorbing material (RAM) design, antennas, inlets and outlets, naval platforms, airframe issues, and radar cross section diagnostics
  • Manufacturing and maintenance requirements for RCSR
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How You Will Benefit

  • Place RCSR in the context of the overall platform survivability.
  • Understand the fundamentals of high-frequency and low-frequency scattering mechanisms.
  • Reduce scattering through platform shaping and material treatments.
  • Understand RCSR measurement and prediction data formats.
  • Fully comprehend RCSR in terms of reliability and maintainability through the platform’s life cycle.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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