Missile Analysis Training

Commitment 4 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Missile Analysis Training presents a broad introduction to major missile subsystems and their integrated performance, explained in practical terms, but including relevant analytical methods. While the emphasis is on today’s homing missiles and future trends, the course includes a historical perspective of relevant older missiles. Both endoatmospheric and exoatmospheric missiles (missiles that operate in the atmosphere and in space) are addressed. Missile propulsion, guidance, control, and seekers are covered, and their roles and interactions in integrated missile operations are explained.

The types and applications of missile simulation and testing are presented. Comparisons of autopilot designs, guidance approaches, seeker alternatives, and instrumentation for various purposes are presented. The Missile Analysis Training course is recommended for analysts, engineers, and technical managers who want to broaden their understanding of modern missiles and missile systems. The analytical descriptions require some technical or mathematical background, but practical explanations can be appreciated by students without this background.

  • 4 days of Missile Analysis Training with an expert instructor
  • Missile Analysis Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Missile Analysis Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Missile propulsion and control in the atmosphere and in space.
  • Clear explanation of homing guidance.
  • Types of missile seekers and how they work.
  • Missile testing and simulation.
  • Latest developments and future trends.
  • We can adapt this Missile Analysis Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Missile Analysis course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Missile Analysis course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Missile Analysis course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Missile Analysis course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Missile Analysis course are:

  • N/A


  1. Introduction. A brief history of Missiles. Types of missiles. Introduction to ballistic missile defense. Endoatmospheric and exoatmospheric missiles. Missile basing. Missile subsystems overview. Warheads, lethality, and hit-to-kill. Power and power conditioning.
  2. Missile Propulsion. Rocket thrust and the rocket equation. Specific impulse and mass fraction. Solid and liquid propulsion. Propellant safety. Single-stage and multistage boosters. Ramjets and scramjets. Axial propulsion. Thrust vector control. Divert and attitude control systems. Effects of gravity and atmospheric drag. Missile Analysis Training
  3. Missile Autopilots, Airframes, and Control. Purpose and functions of autopilots. Dynamics of missile motion and simplifying assumptions. Single plane analysis. Missile aerodynamics. Autopilot design. Open-loop and closed-loop autopilots. Inertial instruments and feedback. Pitch and roll autopilot examples. Autopilot response, stability, and agility. Body modes and rate saturation. Induced roll in high-performance missiles. Adaptive autopilots. Rolling Airframe Missiles. Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle autopilots. Pulse Width Modulation. Limit cycles.
  4. Missile Seekers. Seeker types and operation for endo- and exo-atmospheric missiles. Passive, active, and semi-active seekers. Atmospheric transmission. Strapped down and gimbaled seekers. Radar basics. Radar seekers and missile fire-control radar. Radar antennas. Sequential lobing, monopulse, and frequency agility. Passive sensing basics and infrared seekers. Figures of merit for detectors. Introduction to seeker optics and passive seeker configurations. Scanning seekers and focal plane arrays. Dual mode seekers. Seeker comparisons and applications to different missions. Signal processing and noise reduction.
  5. Missile Guidance. Phases of missile flight. Boost and midcourse guidance. Lambert Guidance. Homing guidance. Zero effort miss. Proportional navigation and augmented proportional navigation. Predictive guidance. Optimum homing guidance. Homing guidance examples and simulation results. Gravity bias. Radomes and their effects. Blind range. Endoatmospheric and exoatmospheric missile guidance. Sources of miss and miss reduction. Miss distance comparisons with different homing guidance laws. Guidance filters and the Kalman filter. Early guidance techniques. Beam rider, pure pursuit, and deviated pursuit guidance.
  6. Simulation and Testing. Current simulation capabilities and future trends. Hardware in the loop. Types of missile testing and their uses, advantages, and disadvantages of testing alternatives.
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