Introduction to Guided Weapons


This course aims to provide an understanding of the issues that must be addressed for the successful acquisition of guided weapon systems. The course is for anyone who needs to understand guided weapon requirements, weapon guidance methods, platform integration, weapon acceptance into service and through life support issues/risks.

No prior military or technical knowledge is assumed. 

Who Should Attend

Course Outline


Dates & Registration

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Classroom


Advertised: Canberra

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the  for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive:

  • A copy of the book Tactical Electronic Warfare.
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/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 short courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs

*pending final results




Anyone requiring an understanding of guided weapons, including, but not limited to:

Capability development staff Systems Engineers
Business Managers Hardware and Software Engineers
Project Managers Defence Contract Managers





Weapon evolution & effects-based warfare | Weapon acquisitions in an ADF context | Impact of ITARS/FMS arrangements

Seeker options

Infra-red | Electro-optical (visual) | Radar and Laser | Anti-Radiation | INS/GPS/Terrain matching | Dual-mode seekers

Guidance options

Active and semi-active homing | Passive homing | Command guidance | Beam riding | Man in the loop

Weapon Components

Propulsion/powersupply | Warhead & fusing | Airframe & controls | Data links

Emerging Technologies

LPI radar & stealth | Passive MMW | Lifting bodies | Super-manoeuvrability | Integral rocket/ramjets | Shockwave forming | Insensitive munitions | BDA/BDI capabilities | Network centric capabilities

Air Vehicle Interface

Avionics interface(incl MIL-STD-1760) | Safety critical software | HMI | Stores clearance issues and certification

Surface/Sub-Surface Interface

Combat management systems | Platform stability requirements | Vertical launch/canister storage | Wire/fibre-optic interfaces post launch

Support Systems & Infrastructure

Support & test equipment | Storage, transport and handling | Mission planning and rehearsal | JMEMS | Targeting Requirements

Test & Evaluation

Critical test objectives | Design disclosure limits | Seeker vulnerabilities | Terminal effectiveness | Range requirements | (incl T&E assets, instrumentation) | Telemetry systems | Flight termination systems

Requirement Specification

Weaponeering & shot doctrine | Range and employment envelope | Level of integration with planning, mission and delivery systems | Multiple-target engagements | Affordable integration programs



Dr. Craig Benson is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Craig Benson holds a Bachelor degree in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales (Australia), a Master degree in science from Cranfield University (UK), and a second Master degree in Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales (Australia).  He is a former RAAF engineering office and consultant.  His research experience and interests are in Space Communication, Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks, Underwater Communications, Guided Weapons, Electronic Warfare, Radar Systems and GPS & Navigation Warfare.


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