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ATI's Missile System Integration Overview course

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      This one-day course covers the fundamentals of tactical missile system integration. It provides a system-level assessment of missile targeting, carriage, launch, separation, and other integration concerns. Videos illustrate missile system integration activities. Attendees will vote on the relative emphasis of the material to be presented. The course is oriented toward the needs of engineers, systems analysts, program managers, and others working in the area of military systems and technology development. Attendees will receive a complete set of course notes as well as the textbook, Tactical Missile Design, 2nd edition.
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      Eugene L. Fleeman has 40+ years of government, industry, and academia experience in missile design and in the development of missile systems and missile technologies. Formerly a manager of missile programs at Georgia Tech, Boeing, Rockwell International, and Air Force Research Laboratory, he is an international lecturer on missiles and the author of over eighty publications, including the AIAA textbook Tactical Missile Design.

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    What You Will Learn:

    • Key drivers in the missile integration process.
    • Critical tradeoffs, methods and technologies in missile integration.
    • Robustness, observables, survivability, reliability, logistic cost, and environmental considerations.
    • Missile integration examples.
    • Development process for missile integration.

      From this course you will gain an understanding of the process used for missile system integration.

    Course Outline:

    1. Introduction/Key Drivers in the Integration Process. Overview of missile integration process. Unique characteristics of tactical missiles. Key integration parameters. Example of alternative approaches for precision strike. Projected capability in command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR). Example of system-of-system analysis. Example of trade-off of missile performance vs. aircraft performance.

      1. Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Integration. Impact of integration length and diameter constraints on missile configuration, aerodynamics, seeker, and structural performance. Trade-off of missile observables vs. integration constraints. Missile geometry vs. integration constraints. Lattice fins vs. radar cross section. Launch maneuverability approaches.

      2. Propulsion Considerations in Missile Integration. Engine/booster integration trade-offs. Inlet integration trade-offs. Fuel and propellant performance vs. observables. Safe separation thrust requirement. Propulsion safety.

      3. Weight Considerations in Missile Integration. System benefits of light weight missiles. Structural design criteria factor of safety. Selecting airframe and insulation materials based on carriage environment and exposure time. Carriage loads prediction. Power supply alternatives.

      4. Flight Trajectory Considerations in Missile Integration. Fire control limitations. Thrust-to-weight requirement for safe separation. Lead requirements for target intercept.

      5. Measures of Merit in Missile Integration. Achieving robustness in adverse weather. Seeker, data link, and sensor alternatives. Impact of launch dynamics on guidance & control. Examples of counter-countermeasures. Benefit of light weight missiles. Approaches to limit collateral damage. Alternative guidance laws. Carriage alternatives for low radar cross section. Propellant alternatives for low visual observables. Survivability and insensitive munition considerations. Enhanced reliability. Logistics cost drivers. Designing within launch platform constraints. Storage, carriage, launch, and separation environment. Cockpit and helmet mounted sight displays. Examples of command and semi-active guidance.

      6. Sizing Examples in Missile Integration. Example of the development of a missile range requirement. Visual detection impact on missile design. House of quality process. Design of experiment process.

    2. Development Process in Missile Integration. Design validation/technology development process. Examples of facilities for missile integration.

    3. Summary.

    4. References and Bibliography.

    5. Follow-on Communication.

    6. Appendices. Example of a request for proposal, nomenclature, acronyms, conversion factors, syllabus.


      This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410) 956-8805 or email us at