ATI' Principles of Naval Weapons course:
Underlying Physics of Today’s Sensors and Weapons
This four-day course 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..
Craig Payne is currently a principal investigator at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. His expertise in the “detect to engage” process with emphasis in sensor systems, (sonar, radar and electro-optics), development of fire control solutions for systems, guidance methods, fuzing techniques, and weapon effects on targets. He is a retired U.S. Naval Officer from the Surface Warfare community and has extensive experience naval operations. As a Master Instructor at the U. S. Naval Academy he designed, taught and literally wrote the book for the course called Principles of Naval Weapons. This course is provided to all U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen, 62 colleges and Universities that offer the NROTC program and taught abroad at various national service schools.
Allison Webster-Giddings is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Weapons and Systems Engineering Department at the US Naval Academy where shares her extensive expertise in Advanced Weapons, Linear Control, and Aviation Systems through a diverse set of courses in the Weapons and Systems, Aeronautical Engineering, Ethics and Economics Departments. She is a contributing author to the Principles of Naval Weapons, writing the Electro-Optics chapters and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Master’s Degree in Aviation Systems. She is a retired U.S. Naval Officer and Unrestricted Naval Aviator with 23 years of experience in flight test and systems engineering. A graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School, and former Commanding Officer, she has flown over 30 different aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopter, powered and unpowered flight from several countries. She is Level 3 DAWIA qualified in Program Management, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation and Production, Quality and Manufacturing.
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What you will learn:
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.
- Asses 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.
- Electromagnetic Propagation. Traveling waves, Antennas, Modes of Propagation in the Atmosphere, Radar Line of Sight
- Basic Radar. Square Pulse Transmission, Range Determination, Components of a Basic Radar, Continuous Wave Radar
- Radar Range Equation. Performance factors to include Pulse Shape and Width, Pulse Repetition Frequency, Power and Gain, Beamwidth, Radar Cross Section, Minimum Signal for Detection, 4th root dependence
- Advanced Radars. Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave, Moving Target Indicator, Doppler, electronic scanning, Phase Arrays, Inverse Synthetic Aperture, Synthetic Aperture
- Tracking, Guidance and Control Systems. Servo Systems, Track-While-Scan concepts, Phases of Guidance, Homing Logic, Classification of Guidance Systems Gyros to include Ring Laser Gyros
- Electronic Combat. Superhydrodine Receiver, Electronic Surveillance, Electronic Protection Methods, Electronic Attack Methods
- Electro-optical theory. Radiometric Quantities, Stephan Botzman Law, Wein's Law,
- Electro-Optical Targets, Background and Attenuation. Lasers, Selective Radiation, Thermal Radiation Spreading, Divergence, Absorption Bands, Beers Law, Night Vision Devices
- Infrared Range Equation. Detector Response and Sensitivity, Derivation of Simplified IR Range Equation, Example problems
- Sound Propagation in Oceans. Thermal Structure of Ocean, Sound Velocity Profiles, Propagation Paths, Transmission Losses
- SONAR Figure of Merit. Target Strength, Noise, Reverberation, Scattering, Detection Threshold, Directivity Index, Passive and Active Sonar Equations
- Underwater Detection Systems. Transducers and Hydrophones, Arrays, Variable Depth Sonar, Sonobuoys, Bistatic Sonar, Non-Acoustic Detection Systems to include , Magnetic Anomaly Detection.
- Weapon Ballistics and Propulsion. Relative Motion, Interior and Exterior Ballistics, Reference Frames and Coordinate Systems, Weapons Systems Alignment
- Fuzing Principles. Fuze System Classifications, Proximity Fuzes, Non-proximity Fuzes
- Chemical Explosives. Characteristics of Military Explosives, Measurement of Chemical Explosive Reactions, Power Index Approximation
- Warhead Damage Predictions. Quantifying Damage, Circular Error Probable, Blast Warheads, Diffraction and Drag loading on targets, Fragmentation Warheads, Shaped Charges, Special Purpose Warheads
- Underwater Warheads. Underwater Explosion Damage Mechanisms, Torpedoes, Naval Mine Classification
- Nuclear Warhead Damage Predictions. Characteristics of Nuclear Explosions, Nuclear Weapon Damage Prediction to include Blast, Thermal and Radiation
Tuition for this four-day course is $1940 at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email