The aim of the course is to provide practising scientists, engineers and staff officers with an introduction to the principles and potential defence applications of a range of current and future electro-optic and imaging devices. Read more Read less

The course will begin with the basic physics underpinning the operation of electro-optic devices and take the delegates through to the practical application of systems in the defence environment.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration10 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£3,500   Concessions available

Course structure

Course delivery is via classroom lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations and lab tours.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the technology and principles underpinning electro-optic devices and systems
  • Apply their knowledge to practical electro-optic design and acquisition problems
  • Understand the trade-offs in electro-optic systems design.

Core content

  • Principles of radiometry
  • The human eye
  • Visible band optical sighting systems
  • Camera systems
  • Image intensifiers
  • Missile seekers
  • Electro-optic countermeasures
  • Thermal imagers
  • Hyper-spectral imaging
  • Digital image processing
  • Lasers and laser DEW
  • Electro-optic protection measures.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for those in the defence and security sectors, both civil and military. It is aimed at those who have some basic understanding of electro-optic principles and concepts, or users of electro-optic systems and those who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge. In particular it would suit users, engineers and staff officers as well of those in acquisition requiring a deeper understanding of defence electro-optics.


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.