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Ballistics, gun powder and solid propellants - 2021

Munitions and guided projectiles


This course will provide learners with an overview of all the areas and knowledge required to understand the technical and operational performance of barrel-fired projectiles.


The course lasts 5 days (28 hours).


The course is for anyone interested in barrel-fired projectiles.

Conferences provide both a solid theoretical foundation and a useful overview of the specific problems an engineer encounters with design, simulation, expertise and validation in flight.

This course will enable learners to have valuable discussions with ballistics experts they will encounter.


Course level: Advanced

Course accessible to ENSI-level engineers and experienced tech degree-level technicians.

We strongly recommend the prior completion of course:

DET 010 "Exterior ballistics"


Dr Sébastien CHANGEY :

Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC), Franco-German Research Institute of St. Louis



  • Operational requirements, functional analysis, solutions
    • Military requirements:
      • Strike accuracy
      • Reduction of consumption and cost
      • Logistics optimization
      • Efficacy evaluation
    • Architecture
    • Constraints related to barrel fire
    • History
    • Overview of global supply (in use or under development)
    • Conventional and advanced concepts
  • Physical phenomena
    • Summary of exterior ballistics of conventional projectiles
    • Modes of action for aerostabilized and gyrostabilized projectiles
    • Aerodynamic stresses on flight control surfaces
    • Exploitation of the gyroscopic effect for the trajectory correction of gyrostabilized ammunition
  • Systems in use or under development
    • Sensors for barrel-fired projectiles:
      • Inertial units
      • GNSS
      • Imagers and seekers
      • Laser pointers
    • Actuators
    • On-board power sources
    • Shell-launcher connection modes
    • Electronics and on-board calculators
    • Complete systems
  • Trajectories, Guiding, Navigation and Command algorithms
    • Models with 6/7 degrees of freedom
    • Navigation algorithms
    • Sensor behavior
    • Guiding/piloting methods
    • Modeling the target
  • IT tools
    • Software for simulating the trajectory and behavior of on-board components
    • Performance analysis : Monte-Carlo simulations, impact conditions, probability of attack and destruction


Scheduled in French:

PARIS : 6 to 10 December 2021

For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2,390 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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