This ten day intensive course taught at Shrivenham takes students though all aspects of ballistics for weapon design of all calibres. Read more Read less

The course covers propellants, internal ballistics, barrel wear, intermediate ballistics, external ballistics and hit probabilities, terminal ballistics including armour materials, armour design and body armour and ammunition types including cannon ammunition, fragmenting warheads, smart ammunition and guided weapons.

At a glance

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

What you will learn

The aim of the course is to give you an introductory level working knowledge of the fundamental principles and techniques involved in gun and rocket ballistics.

Core content

The teaching includes the following topics:

  • Internal, Intermediate, External and Terminal Ballistics
  • Propellants and Rocket Propulsion
  • Armour Materials and Attack of Armour
  • Dispersion of Fire
  • Gun Barrel Wear and Erosion
  • Light Weapons
  • Direct and Indirect Fire Systems
  • Wound Ballistics
  • Gun Design
  • Fuzes
  • Fragmentation and explosives.

Who should attend

The course is primarily intended for scientists and engineers involved in the broad-based subject of ballistics.

There are no rigid requirements but a knowledge of mathematics to nominally A-level is assumed.

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.