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ATI Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) Principles

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    This two-day course includes the history of DIRCM development and an industry survey of modern DIRCM systems to include missile warning receivers and missile defeat mechanisms. System integration, test, and evaluation concepts are discussed. An extensive library of video clips illustrates DIRCM design, integration, and test, as well as operational real world performance concepts. All participants receive a set of course notes and a DVD of all course materials.
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    Mr. John L. Minor has over 35 years of professional experience with advanced military sensor systems and advanced aerospace vehicles. His career spans the military, industry, and Department of Defense (civilian) sectors. He is an internationally recognized expert in systems design, development, integration, test and evaluation of advanced airborne EO/IR sensors and weapon systems and has significant experience with UAVs. As a former employee of Lockheed Martin (LM), the LM Skunk Works, and as a former Air Force officer, Mr. Minor developed, operated, and tested numerous classified and unclassified EO/IR weapons systems. He was the lead EO/IR engineer for the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) system from 1984-1987. From 1998-1999, he was the Program Manager for the EO-IR sensors on the Tier 3 Minus Darkstar program—a high altitude, long endurance, stealthy unmanned aerial vehicle. As a Master Instructor, Mr. Minor completely redesigned the USAF Test Pilot School curriculum for test and evaluation of advanced weapon systems from. He was also instrumental in the design of the first-ever UAV/UAS flight test course for the Air Force Flight Test Center. Mr. Minor holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of New Mexico/Air Force Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. He is currently the Chief of the Systems Engineering Division for the Ogden Air Logistics Center Engineering Directorate. Previously, he was competitively selected as the first civilian Technical Director in the 60+ year history of the USAF Test Pilot School, serving in that position from 2004-2008 before reassignment to Hill AFB. In his capacity as USAF TPS Technical Director, Mr. Minor was instrumental in assisting the USAF Test Pilot School to achieve USC Title 10 authority to grant fully accredited Masters of Science Degrees in Flight Test Engineering under Air University.

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Who should attend:

    Engineers, technicians, project and program managers who are concerned with the design, integration, operation and performance of DIRCM systems will find this course meets many of their needs. The depth and breadth of real world experience the instructor brings to this classroom is an invaluable resource for the students.

Course Outline:

  1. Fundamentals of a Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) System
  2. History of DIRCM Development
    • The Infrared Threat & Increasing J/S Requirements
    • Missile Warning Receivers
    • Legacy Broadband Systems
    • Flash Lamp DIRCM
    • Laser DIRCM

  3. Modern DIRCM Design Features
    • UV Missile Warning
    • Two-Color Missile Warning
    • Closed Loop DIRCM
    • Systems Integration, Test, and Evaluation
    • Jam Lab Integration and Test
    • Open Air Integration and Test
    • Live Fire Test & Evaluation
    • Data Correlation and Data Analysis


    Tuition for this two-day course is $1190 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to

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