Gun Systems | Overview
A one-day course
This non-technical one-day course provides participants with an overview to firepower technologies (i.e., gun systems) and an overview of the equipment and systems that are used in, and with guns. The course begins with an overview of firepower technologies and then introduces participants to the way guns work as well as potential problems in operation. This course consists of a mixture of lectures and a tutorial.
Attendees will receive a comprehensive set of notes covering the lecture content.
Duration: 1 day
Delivery mode: Classroom
In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the Professional Education Course Unit for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.
What you will receive:
- Compresehensive set of course notes
- UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance
- Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
- Masters Credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs. For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our postgraduate credit and micro-credential page.
This one-day course is a non-technical course and is aimed at anyone requiring an overview of firepower technologies including (and not limited to): business managers; purchasing managers; project managers; systems engineers; serving officers; and end-users.
Introduction and build up of a gun
Introduction of concepts | How guns work | Types and calibres of guns (large and small) | An introduction to ammunition types used in guns | An introduction to propellants
An introduction to gun types
Small arms weapon systems | Towed guns | Self-propelled Howitzers | Tank guns (cannons) | Naval guns | Recoilless rifles
Gun location in a turret |Recoil constraints and balance | Autoloaders | An introduction to recoil | Muzzle brakes | Fume extractors | An introduction to potential gun problems
A session will be provided so that the student can work through some of the issues raised in this course under the guidance of the course presenter.
Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
LO1: Articulate the difference between different types of gun systems.
LO2: Explain the basic principles of gun design and operation.
LO3: Describe how different types of guns accommodate recoil.
LO4: Articulate potential problems in gun design.
Professor Paul J Hazell
Paul has over 20 years of experience studying the impact behaviour of materials. In 2012 he moved to Canberra, Australia from the UK to take up the post of Professor of Impact Dynamics at UNSW Canberra. Before taking this position he was Head of the Centre for Ordnance Science and Technology at Cranfield University’s Shrivenham campus (at the UK Defence Academy). He has published extensively, appeared in several documentaries and presented his research work at numerous symposia. He has published two books on protection technologies with the most recent called ‘ARMOUR: Materials, Theory, and Design’ (2015, CRC Press).