Contact Dr Aimee Helliker

Areas of expertise

  • Test and Evaluation
  • Explosives and Munitions
  • Gun Technologies
  • Weapons Engineering


Aimée has a BEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering.

Initially joining Cranfield University in 2006 undertaking trials development, analysis and reporting for major FRES technology demonstration programme Aimée was responsible for development of planning and management of trials and the subsequent analysis of results. 

Following on from her PhD Aimée became an academic member of staff and has become an internationally recognized expert in weapon signature mitigation within the field of Intermediate Ballistics. 

Current activities

Aimée is heavily involved in small arms engineering design and assessment ranging from ammunition, through to weapon characterization and terminal effects and teaches the MOD and wider audiences. Specialist areas include intermediate ballistics and impact of reliability and maintainability on the availability of equipment.

Aimée teaches on a wide variety of courses including:

  • Vehicle and Weapon Engineering MSc Programme 
  • Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc
  • Battlespace Technology MSc
  • Forensic MSc Programme
  • PgCert Defence Equipment Engineering (Land)
  • Ammunition Technical Officers and Ammunition Technicians courses

Aimée is the Module Leader Ammunition Systems 1 (EOE MSc) and Defence Equipment Engineering and Deployment (PgCert DEEL). 

Aimée’s current research interests include:

  • research and design of muzzle attachments (muzzle brakes, flash and noise suppressors)
  • weapon integration and system design
  • barrel heat transfer
  • impact of reliability and maintainability on the availability of equipment.

Aimée supervises research students at MSc level in Defence related disciplines.


  • Soldier Systems Programme (was Light Weapons Photographic and Batteries)
  • Defence General Munitions Project Teams, MoD DE&S Abbeywood.
  • Dstl Porton Down


Conference Papers


  • Helliker A (2016) Chapter 4 Ballistic threats: bullets and fragments. In: Lightweight Ballistic Composites : Military and Law-Enforcement Applications. Bhatnagar A (ed.), Woodhead Publishing, p. 87-113, ed. 2nd.