This short course is a module from the Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc (MESE) it is also shared by Guided Weapons System (GWS) MSc course. It is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of the Technology Capability Group at the Defence Academy.
EO/IR systems are commonplace in both civil and military applications and as the technology matures their capability continues to grow and their cost begins to come down.
This course will introduce this technology so that attendees will:
- understand the underlying principles
- appreciate the likely future advances in the technology
- appreciate the importance of electro-optic and infrared technology in the wider defence system
- simple radiometry and power calculations
- signature generation (solid and gaseous)
- contrast and atmospheric effects
- optical systems
- detector type (thermal, photon, one- and two-dimensional arrays, fibre sensors)
- cooling requirements
- detector performance characteristics
- simple electronic processing and display options
- electro-optic and infrared seeker systems
- countermeasures (including stealth) and counter-countermeasures
- digital image processing
The course is intended for military officers and defence industry scientists and technical officers. It is particularly suitable for those who will be involved with the specification, analysis, development, or technical management of electro-optics.
If you are seeking a MOD-funded place, you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake the course.
Exam. 10 credits from this course may be credited towards the Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc.