Defense systems and technologies

Course Description

This course develops students' understanding of interdependence between science and technology, industry and defense sector in the NATO and EU member states. Emphasis is placed on the role of strategic planning, organizational management, and interdisciplinary cooperation in the development of complex defense systems. The success of large and complex projects in the defense sector considerably depends on their financing models, which are described in more detail. The importance of human potentials in managing complex defense-related projects is analyzed, as a prerequisite for efficient application of diverse engineering knowledge and skills in the design and development of complex defense systems. Human-in-the-loop interactive simulator projects are presented, which are applicable to training and evaluation of personnel, as well as hardware-in-the-loop simulators for testing individual components of a defense system during design and development. Using examples of developed simulators, like a fighter airplane simulator and missile system simulator, various introduced concepts of organization and project managment and systems engineering are illustrated. The importance of key human characteristics for successful operation of complex defense systems are explained and methods and technologies for their assessment and training are described.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain economic and technological importance of defense sector in NATO and EU member states
  2. Explain the principles and aims of system engineering by analysis of complex defense systems
  3. Describe the role and importance of complex defense system life-cycle management
  4. Explain importance of system architecture in the development of complex defense systems
  5. Recognize the values and limitations of modeling and simulation
  6. Describe key human characteristics for successful operation of complex defense systems

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Classes are held for a total of 15 weeks. The first cycle of lectures has 7 weeks, followed by a midterm exam, while the second cycle contains six weeks of lectures, followed by a final exam.

Field work

Visits to various companies in the field of defense systems and technologies are possible.

Laboratory

Demonstration of a pilot stress and fatigue monitoring system during flight and exercises on the simulator. Demonstrations of anti-aircraft defense missile system simulators and aircraft flight simulators such as Pilatus, MiG-21, etc. Demonstrations of various systems developed for multimodal elicitation and estimation of emotional states.

Work with mentor

Students prepare seminar papers in the field of defense systems and technologies in accordance with the topics covered in lectures and laboratory exercises, in consultation with teachers.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Class participation 0 % 10 % 0 % 10 %
Seminar/Project 0 % 50 % 0 % 50 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 20 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 20 %
Exam: Written 0 % 40 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Economic and technological importance of defense sector in NATO and EU member states
  2. Strategic importance of technology sector in modernization of military equipment industry and economic growth in the Republic of Croatia
  3. Dual use of technologies created in the course of development of defense systems; DARPA
  4. Defense system life-cycle management; Systems engineering
  5. Financing models for defense systems and technologies (offset agreements; Countertrade; Venture capital; Licenses; Coproduction), Planning, programming, and budgeting system (PPBS)
  6. Hardware-in-the-loop simulations
  7. Hardware-in-the-loop simulations
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Interactive simulations of defense systems in virtual environments (fighter airplane MiG-21; Helicopter Mi-171; Guided missile systems)
  10. Interactive simulations of defense systems in virtual environments (fighter airplane MiG-21; Helicopter Mi-171; Guided missile systems)
  11. Basic overview of stress resilience, Evaluation of pilot's task effects on physiological signals, vocal and facial expressions
  12. Evaluation of pilot's task effects on physiological signals, vocal and facial expressions
  13. Evaluation of pilot's task effects on physiological signals, vocal and facial expressions
  14. Evaluation of training effects on neural activations by brain functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  15. Final exam

Study Programmes

University graduate
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Communication and Space Technologies (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Computational Modelling in Engineering (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Computer Engineering (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Computer Science (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester) Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Control Engineering and Automation (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Control Systems and Robotics (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Data Science (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Electrical Engineering Systems and Technologies (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Electrical Power Engineering (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Electronics (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Information and Communication Engineering (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Information Processing (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Network Science (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (profile)
Elective Courses (1. semester) Recommended elective courses (3. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)

Literature

(.), Nastavni materijali s predavanja, koji će biti dostupni na internetskoj stranici predmeta,
(.), Kossiakoff, A., Sweet, W. N., Seymour, S. J., & Biemer, S. M. (2011). Systems engineering principles and practice (Vol. 83). John Wiley & Sons. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.468.8835&rep=rep1&type=pdf,
(.), Defense Acquisition University. (2010). Defense acquisition guidebook. http://www.acqnotes.com/Attachments/Defense%20Acquisition%20Guidebook.pdf,

Laboratory exercises

For students

General

ID 222556
  Winter semester
5 ECTS
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
6 Laboratory exercises

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable