Tactical Battlefield Communications Electronic Warfare


This four-day course covers techniques for setting up intercept and jamming links for Electronic Warfare (EW) against ground to ground enemy communication signals, UAV command and data links, cell phone links and weapon control links (including IEDs). It starts with a discussion of the one-way communication link, then covers the important propagation modes for communication band EW, modern signal modulations, and the techniques for predicting intercept and jamming performance as a function of the tactical geometry and local terrain. Finally, it provides step by step procedures for setting up intercept and jamming links against enemy tactical communications. All skills taught are reinforced by carefully structured hands-on in-class problems. Attendees receive the textbook EW 103 by the instructor and the EW Pocket Guide, along with a full set of course notes.

What you will learn:

  • Understand the nature of tactical battlefield communication
  • Recognize and understand the principle of operation of important types of antennas and receivers
  • Calculate communication link performance
  • Calculate the requirements for intercept of tactical communication
  • Calculate the requirements for emitter location, intercept and jamming of tactical comm. signals including:
    • Single channel analog and digital comms
    • Cell phone systems
    • Weapon control links
    • Unmanned aerial vehicle links
    • Frequency hopping communication
    • Chirped communication
    • Direct sequence spread spectrum comms
    • Understand how to avoid communication fratricide
    • Be able to use various tools to perform electronic warfare calculations
    • Effectively use a Special Antenna and Propagation Calculation Slide Rule
    • Use nomographs
    • Apply formulas (using a scientific calculator)

Who should attend:

Technical, Operational or Management EW professionals who need to understand radio communication, intercept, and jamming concepts and practice. There are no prerequisites, no math beyond algebra will be required and all concepts are described in physical rather than mathematical terms.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Communication Electronic Warfare;
  2. dB math;
  3. Basic link equation;
  4. Selection and calculation of appropriate propagation model: Line of sight loss, 2 ray loss, or knife edge diffraction;
  5. Digital Communication;
  6. Frequency hopping and other LPI threats;
  7. UAV Payload/link Issues, cell phone issues;
  8. Intercept links;
  9. Communications Jamming (analogue and digital);
  10. Look through and fratricide issues;
  11. Special techniques for jamming LPI signals


This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or at ati@aticourses.com and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410)956-8805 or email us at ati@aticourses.com.


  • David Adamy holds BSEE and MSEE degrees, both with communication theory majors. He has over 45 years experience as an engineer and manager in the development of electronic warfare and related systems. He has published over 200 articles on electronic warfare and communications theory related subjects, including a popular monthly tutorial section in the Journal of Electronic Defense. He has ten books in print. He consults to various military organizations and teaches electronic warfare and communication theory short courses all over the world.

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