Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance Training

Commitment 2 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance Training will help you understand and appreciate the unique challenges of both tactical and strategic missile guidance. So everyone can clearly understand the principles of missile guidance, concepts are derived mathematically, explained from a heuristic perspective, and illustrated with numerical examples and computer animations. Course mathematics and examples are non-intimidating. Computer source code is included so interested participants and duplicates the examples presented and explore issues beyond the scope of the course.

  • 2 days of Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance Training with an expert instructor
  • Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee


  • We can adapt this Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance 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 Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

Upon completing this Tactical & Strategic Missile Guidance course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:


The target audience for this Tactical & Strategic Missile Guidance course:

  • All

Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance Training

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

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  1. Numerical Techniques. Review all numerical techniques used in the course so that all material will be easy to understand. Simulation examples, with source code.
  2. Fundamentals of Tactical Missile Guidance. How proportional navigation works and why it is an effective guidance law. Illustration of important closed-form solutions and their utility. Development of simplified engagement simulation and computer animation illustrating the effectiveness of proportional navigation.
  3. Method of Adjoints and the Homing Loop. Show how to construct an adjoint and how methods of adjoints are used to analyze missile guidance systems and develop system error budgets
  4. Noise Analysis. Illustrating computerized numerical techniques for simulating noise. Using the Monte Carlo technique for getting statistical performance projections by making many computer runs. How to use stochastic adjoints to get statistical performance projections in one computer run
  5. Proportional Navigation and Miss Distance. Developing useful design relationships for rapid guidance system sizing. Showing how system dynamics, acceleration saturation, and radome effects limit system performance.
  6. Digital Noise Filters in the Homing Loop. Properties of simple digital noise filters (i.e., alpha-beta and alpha-beta gamma filters) and how they can work in a missile guidance system. How to target maneuver can be estimated with range and line-of-sight information.
  7. Advanced Guidance Laws. Deriving optimal guidance laws without optimal control theory. How missile acceleration requirements can be relaxed with augmented proportional navigation. How to compensate for system dynamics with optimal guidance.
  8. Kalman Filters and the Homing Loop. Introducing the Kalman filter and showing how it is related to alpha-beta and alpha-beta gamma filters. Combining Kalman filters with optimal guidance. Showing how radome effects and time-to-go errors limit system performance.
  9. Endoatmospheric Ballistic Targets. The importance of speed, re-entry angle, and ballistic coefficient in determining the deceleration of a ballistic target. Why decelerating targets are difficult to hit and guidance laws for dealing with them.
  10. Extended Kalman Filtering. Performance comparisons of linear, linearized, and extended Kalman filters for estimating the ballistic coefficient of a decelerating ballistic target.
  11. Tactical Zones. Introduction to the rocket equation and how drag limits system performance.
  12. Strategic Considerations. Why the flat earth, constant gravity approximation is not appropriate for long-range missiles? How Newton’s law of universal gravitation can be used and its impact on performance. Useful closed-form solutions for the required velocity and time of flight for strategic missiles.
  13. Boosters. Using the rocket equation for booster sizing and an introduction to gravity turn steering for boosters
  14. Tactical & Strategic Missile Guidance Training – Lambert Guidance. Why the solution to Lambert’s problem is fundamental to steering a booster so that it will arrive at the desired location at a certain time. How to guide liquid-fueled boosters with Lambert guidance and solid-fueled boosters with GEM guidance.
  15. Tactical & Strategic Missile Guidance Training – Theater Missile Defense. Why ballistic targets are challenging- even if they don’t maneuver. How guidance laws can be developed to shape the trajectory and influence the impact angle.
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