The aim of this course is to provide a general overview of guided weapon systems and technology.
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At a glance
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- Duration5 days
- LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
CostAccredited Short Course fee - £1,300
Standalone Short Course fee - £1,750 Concessions available
What you will learn
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
- describe the elements that make up a guided weapon system,
- discuss the principles involved and the design constraints on guided weapon airframe, propulsion, warhead, control and guidance systems and how these subsystems interact with one another,
- explain the principles of radar, IR and laser technology and how these technologies are used in guided weapon systems.
- develop a preliminary guided weapon design.
- introduction to the ‘missile’ and the system; constituent parts of the missile and how they integrate into the complete system; the threat and how it can be countered.
- the need for guidance; types of trajectory; system characteristics and classification; command, homing and navigational guidance systems.
- polar, Cartesian and roll control; aerodynamic and thrust vector control; actuation systems; instrumentation; accelerometers; rate and position gyroscopes; acceleration and velocity control; roll rate and position, latax and altitude autopilots.
Aerodynamics and aerostructures
- airframe materials and structures; factors affecting aerodynamic lift and drag; aerodynamic stability principles.
Electro-optics and infrared systems
- introduction to the principles of infra-red and electro-optic detection, surveillance and tracking systems, seeker technology and countermeasures.
- introduction to the principles of surveillance, tracking and acquisition radar systems.
- introduction to the principles of millimetric wave (mmW) seekers.
- reaction thrust, propellants, jet propulsion, rocket and air-breathing engines.
- overview of warheads for guided weapons for attack of armour, airborne targets and ground installations; safety and arming; types of fuze, matching and countermeasures.
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When taken as an Accredited Short Course, 10 credit points can be put towards either the Gun Systems Design MSc, Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc, Military Vehicle Technology MSc or Defence and Security (Engineering) MSc.
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Who should attendThis course is suitable for those individuals who require a general overview of guided weapon technology and design.
- Dr Derek Bray - (Module Leader)
- Dr Alessio Balleri (Radar STA)
- Dr Stephen Champion (SC and EFP Warheads)
- Dr Christopher Couldrick (Blast/Fragmentation Warheads)
- Mr David Diskett (Guidance)
- Dr John Economou (Control)
- Dr David James (Laser Systems)
- Professor Mark Richardson (EO/IR Systems and Countermeasures)
A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available and must complete the course for credits only.
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.
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