Gun Systems | Overview

Course Overview:

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.

Who should attend?

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.

Course outline:

Day 1

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

Platform integration

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 in basic terms how guns accommodate recoil.

LO4: Articulate potential problems in gun design.

Presenter information:

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).