Fundamentals of Low Observable Technologies - Short Course

LO Short Course


ARA Normally offers this class a minimum of 2 times annually, notionally in March and September 2020 in Dayton Ohio. Please email to be included on a mailing list for the next course offering.

Also, if the venue and class size warrants, ARA can come to your company’s town and venue to teach the class in your own facilities at a schedule convenient to your organization. Contact to initiate discussions of costs and schedule options to present the course at your preferred locale.   

Course Description:

ARA's BerrieHill Research Division is excited to offer this professional short course entitled "Fundamentals of Low Observable Technologies." The unclassified teaching materials for this course draw upon decades of inputs from scientists and engineers who were involved with the development and fielding of LO systems. Previous versions of this course were taught within DoD from 1989 to 2006, and in 2016 The Ohio State University sponsored a significant revision and update to the course materials. In its present form, this professional short course will provide any engineer or scientist a multidisciplinary introduction and history of the development and fielding of Low Observable technologies. There are 19 course segments, including a review of Electromagnetic and radar fundamentals, Radar Cross Section (RCS) concepts, and absorbing materials properties and their measurements. The course also covers other observable signatures (infrared, visual, and acoustic), as well as a comprehensive integration of LO concepts in airframe design. Courses offered in Dayton culminate in a focused tour of 6-8 relevant air vehicles in the National Museum of the US Air Force. This course is especially relevant to newer engineers who must understand LO technologies if they are involved with designing, producing, flying, or maintaining LO vehicles. Click the link below for a course syllabus. Remote courses will get supplementary briefings on the exhibits seen in Dayton and how they fit into the evolution of Low Observable Technology. The course materials are UNCLASSIFIED Distribution D and no classified materials will be discussed nor provided.

Course Venue, Dates, and Attendee Restrictions:

Dayton Venue: Wright Brothers Institute, Tec^Edge, Einstein Room, 5000 Springfield Street, Dayton OH 45431.
Next Course Date: TBD (Likely March 2020) If you want to receive an announcement of the next course dates, send a short email to
Course Restrictions: Open to government and DoD contractors who are U.S. citizens only. Citizenship credential verification will be required as part of the registration process. Course material is controlled at Unclassified-Distribution D.

Course Tuition:

$1,900.00 per student for the Dayton Venue. Costs for a remotely taught venue can be quoted depending on the venue travel locale and the number of students attending. Contact to receive a quote for teaching the course at your locale.  

Typical Course Participant:

Any scientist/engineer/technician working with low observable ground, air, or naval systems, or any defense engineer looking for a broad exposure and understanding of low observable technology. This would be especially valuable to newer DoD government/contractors working on low observable projects.

Typical Course Syllabus:

Sample Syllabus

For More Information, Contact Dr. Brian Kent (, 937-572-3025