Radar Fundamentals



The aim of this three day course, formerly known as Introduction to Radar Systems, is to provide an understanding of radar and its associated principles. The course has been designed to provide a complete coverage of the radar discipline whilst avoiding much of the mathematical complexity of the subject.  The course is aimed at non-technical persons requiring a working knowledge of radar systems, or engineers who need an introduction into the field.

Introduction to Radar Systems includes coverage of the major types of operational radars including pulse radar, CW and CW/FM radar, pulse Doppler and MTI radar and various forms of tracking radar.  Coverage of EW topics as applied to the radar field is also provided.

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Online

What you will receive:

  • A copy of the book  Radar Fundamentals, Faulconbridge, R.I., Argos Press, 2019.
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of  approved professional education short courses to use those courses as credit in  eligible postgraduate programs

Affiliated course:  Introduction to Electronic Warfare (3 days)

*pending final results


Anyone requiring an understanding of radar systems;

Capability development staff Defence contract managers
Business managers Systems engineers
Project managers Hardware and software engineers




Radar types | Basic components | Pulse radar concepts

Radar Antennas

Radar  Range  Equation

Derivation | Minimum detectable signal strength | Pulse integration | Radar cross section

Continuous Wave Radar

Doppler concepts | Continuous wave radar | Frequency modulated CW radar

Pulse Doppler Radar and MTI Radar

Basic concepts | Doppler blind speed

Pulse Compression Techniques

Synthetic Aperture Radar

Tracking Radar Techniques

Sequential lobing techniques | Conical scanning | Monopulse tracking techniques

Secondary Surveillance Radar

Propagation Issues and Radar Clutter

Radar Receivers

Logarithmic receivers | Receiver techniques

Electronic Support

Equipment | Signal intercept problems

Electronic Attack

Tactics and tools

Electronic Protection

Burnthrough considerations | Transmitter/receiver/antenna design

Example Radar Types

Airborne | Ground | Maritime


Dr Ian Faulconbridge has a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors degree in engineering and an MBA in project management. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in the electrical and aerospace colleges, a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE). Since 1990, he has held a number of engineering, project management and academic positions in the fields of avionics, simulation, radar, communications and information systems. He is the director of a Canberra-based engineering consultancy (magpietech.com) where he is an active industry consultant in both Government and private sectors. He is an Industry Fellow at UNSW, Canberra where he supports a number of programs within the School of Engineering and Information Technology. He is the author or co-author of a number of books covering radar, radar electronic warfare, avionics systems and systems engineering. 


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22 March 2021 - 24 March 2021
23 August 2021 - 25 August 2021