Electronic Combat Flight Testing from Systems Engineering Perspective

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This short course deals with the test and evaluation of airborne electronic combat (EC) systems. The course outline includes such topics as threats and EC defensive systems, the EC test process, test monitoring equipment and test facilities, the role of modeling and analysis, and the effects of signature technology. Case studies for EC test programs are used to illustrate the points in the course, which is taught by experienced TEREC EC flight test managers.

Topical Course Outline

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. T&E Process
    • Related Regulations
    • Why Test?
    • EC Programmatics
  3. EC Background
    • Threats (RF, IR, Airborne, Other)
    • RF Defensive Systems (Receivers, Jammers, Decoys)
    • IR Defensive Systems (Sensors, Jammers, Decoys)
    • Current Trends
  4. EC Test Process and Development of Objectives
  5. EC Test Planning and Scheduling
    • Statistics
    • COIs, MOEs, and MOPs
    • Test Instrumentation
    • Test Team Requirements
    • Test Logistics
    • Security Requirements
  6. Role of Modeling and Analysis
    • Levels of Modeling
    • Overview of RF Models
    • Overview of IR Models
    • Others
  7. Post-Test Activities
    • Data Reduction Exercise
    • The Test Community
    • Reporting: Finishing the Job
  8. Other Related Test Issues
    • National/International EC Test Facilities
    • Bare-base EC Testing
    • Signature Technology and EC Testing
  9. Case Studies
    • Project Order: Test Methodology and Objectives
    • Test Plan: Test Planning and Measuring Performance
    • Test Report: Producing Results
  10. Summary & Critique


Rod Beard has over 30 years USAF and ANG operational and flight test experience. His operational resume includes combat time in three separate theaters and flight time in B-52, T-43, F-4, F-105, and C-130 aircraft. His ongoing sponsored research includes stateside and international RF and IR measurements and EC testing of C-130, F-16, A-10, and other aircraft. Before retirement, he served as the Director of Operations for the Georgia Air National Guard. He holds a BS degree in Math from the University of Mississippi and the MSEE from Georgia Tech.

Robert Beasley has over 30 years experience in electronic combat research and development, acquisitions, operational flying, aircrew training, and test & evaluation. He has worked on EC programs at the operational and the Secretary of the Air Force levels. He has been involved with EC testing and the EC test process since 1978. He is a Principal Research Engineer at Georgia Tech Research Institute and a retired USAF Colonel.

Continuing Education Credit

This program meets the criteria for the nationally accepted Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Each participant successfully completing this 4-day course will earn 2.6 CEUs. These CEUs apply to the elective requirements for the TEREC Test & Evaluation Certificate.

Course Schedule, Fees, and Location

Course Info


Registration for this course is done through the Georgia Tech Continuing Education Department. To register on-line, use the Continuing Education Information/Registration Page for this course. Once there, click on "Register" A phone number is provided for those who do not wish to register and pay on-line.

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Last Updated March 8, 2013