This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or Standalone Short Course.

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to create new and manage existing complex weapon systems and their integration.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 10 - 14 Mar 2025
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £2,100 - Standalone Short Course fee  Concessions available

Course structure

Classroom lectures and tutorials. Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)-directed study.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Assess the challenges of integrating a guided weapon onto platforms with consideration of integrated logistic elements.
  • Design a performance model that depicts the system-of-systems interactions, dependencies and interrelationships of the missile in the environment.
  • Design a test and evaluation programme for a guided weapon from the design to acceptance
  • Examine in detail and justify a safety assessment at weapon, platform, and system levels, including rules and regulations.
  • Defend the guided weapon design solution for the domain and platform-specific issues and challenges involved in the system integration.

Core content

  • System of Systems: definitions, Performance setting and performance assessment, dependencies, interrelationships, modelling, safety cases.
  • Physical Integration: Environment definition, Environmental data gathering.
  • Data Integration: Power and Command and Control, knowledge of start position, sensor errors.
  • Domain Specific Issues: Air/Maritime/Land, challenges of integrating into each environment, load/unload, character release and jettison, casual weapon procedure, render safe procedure.
  • Integration Facilities: Hardware-in-the-loop simulation, software-in-the-loop simulation, technical integration labs, systems reference models.
  • In-service Safety: e.g., HUMS, EMC, energetics.
  • MTDS/Life Cycle: Package Handling storage and transportation, battlefield management, ground-air-ground cycle (temperature gradients, thermal models).
  • Trials Planning:Fundamental requirements of validation, safety, trials equipment (independent flight termination system, tele-breakup unit), sequence, telemetry (instrumentation plan, go-no-go criteria), pit testing, jettison, missile simulator round, live fire.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Guided Weapon Systems MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.


Laura Lacey


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available

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.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.