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21st May 2012, 11:24am
Avoid, Conceal, Detect, Counter: the AC/DC of electronic warfare
An example of a stealth aircraft A former RAF engineer and expert in guided weapons technology will talk about the science behind electronic warfare at a public event on 29 May, as part of the University of Lincoln’s Academy Lecture Series.

Rory Kerr, who served with the RAF for 24 years, will discuss topics including stealth, detection of a radar threat, electronic counter-measure and infra-red threat during the session.

The lecture will utilise several video clips to explore how a mission’s success relies heavily on being able to remain invisible to the enemy. Rory, who describes himself as a ‘military scientist’, will draw on his years of RAF experience to explain the variety of technology involved in making our military personnel and equipment disappear.

He said: In prosecuting a strike mission aircrew are continually under threat from enemy air defences.  Electronic warfare systems provide them with situational awareness and defence.  Whoever has the best technology and intelligence will always be ahead of the game.

“This lecture looks at some of the underlying key technologies, for example, digital processing, in a contextual setting.”

Having obtained an MSc in Guided Weapons Technology from the Royal College of Military Science, Rory spent 14 years teaching engineers and aircrew both weapons and electronic warfare.   Apart from RAF personnel he has also taught in Germany, the US, Malaysia and Oman.  Since leaving the RAF in 2007 he has worked for Muretex, a Lincoln engineering company working in electronic warfare, autonomy and simulation.  

The lecture takes place from 6pm on Tuesday 29 May in the EMMTEC Auditorium, Brayford Campus, University of Lincoln. Registration starts at 5:30pm.

The Lincoln Academy Lectures are free to attend but places must be booked in advance by calling 01522 837100 or emailing

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