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

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This course will provide students with an understanding of the principles, concepts and techniques of various facets of GW design, especially involving the key disciplines of structures, vibrations and aeroelasticity and power supplies.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 17 - 21 Jan 2022
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    £2,070 - Short Course for Credit fee

    £1,750 - Standalone Short Course fee

    Concessions available

What you will learn

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

  • Undertake a mechanical design of a GW system, involving consideration of structural design principles, stress analysis requirements and vibration/aeroelasticity effects,
  • Synthesise suitable intelligent based with performance enhancement EPS for a state of the art Guided Weapon,
  • Understand the structural design principles for GW systems,
  • Comprehend the influences of vibration and aeroelasticity on a GW design,
  • Understand the operational principles of Electrical Power Supplies (EPS) and thereby critically improve GW performance,
  • Realise the constraints and design implications of EPS design to GW systems,
  • Perform preliminary-level structural design and stress analysis,
  • Analyse a GW aeroelastic mechanical design,
  • Critically evaluate the key GW design trade-offs which relate to structures, vibrations, aeroelasticity and power supplies.

Core content

Course topics: 

  • guided weapon structures,
  • guided weapon missile power supplies,
  • guided weapon EPS design: a MATLAB based tutorial exploring the critical EPS design factors for an air-launched guided weapon system to consider the EPS performance enhancement and key realisation constraints within the context of GW systems,
  • vibrations and aeroelasticity acting on guided weapons.

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.

Who should attend

This course provides students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of guided weapon systems such that they are fully equipped for roles in defence intelligence and acquisition, involving the specification and analysis of such systems, working individually or as part of a team. It also enables students to carry out an in-depth investigation into an area of GW technology to further enhance their analytical capability. In particular this specific module focuses towards a better understanding of GW missile structures, aeroelasticity and vibration and GW missile power supply systems.


This Guided Weapon Systems MSc is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society


 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.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

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

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