Weapons Systems Performance Assessment - DSM-WSP

Technology School
5 days - residential

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About this course

This short course is a module from the Defence Simulation and Modelling MSc. It is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of the Technology School, Defence Academy.

The elements of this course are:

  • concepts of performance and effectiveness measures
  • dispersion of fire 
  • accuracy, consistency and precision
  • calculation of single shot kill probability for direct fire weapons
  • modelling of area effect weapons (e.g. shells, grenades) including using the damage function
  • modelling of minefields and calculation of stopping power
  • assessment of direct fire systems examples
  • methods for modelling of land, sea and air targets
  • approaches to the analysis of various other weapon systems
  • force effectiveness comparisons
  • cost effectiveness principles
  • practical exercises to illustrate the theories 

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
  • describe the cycle of weapon assessment studies and the measures of performance and effectiveness
  • demonstrate the application of statistics to weapon delivery errors
  • discuss the nature of direct fire weapons and demonstrate how to calculate their performance
  • review the nature of area weapons and demonstrate the use of the damage function and lethal area in the analysis of their effects
  • use a technique for the analysis of anti- tank minefields
  • appreciate the different emphasis in the study of guided weapon systems 
  • review the special nature of other weapon systems and the ideas involved in their assessment
    evaluate the need and collection methods, for data in models 
  • explain the issues surrounding practical weapon assessment projects including force effectiveness and cost effectiveness analyses

How will this course help my career?

This course is a module as part of the Defence Simulation and Modelling MSc. This course in unique in defence, providing expertise in a vital and fast changing area of technology.

Before you attend

No formal requirements.  Cranfield’s regulations apply to MSc/PgDip/PgCert enrolment.

If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence (MOD) funded place, you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake the course. 

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
The course is designed for those who are concerned with using simulation to design and analyse and assess weapon systems.

How will I learn?


How will you be assessed?

Formal assessment by coursework.

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