Aim of the Course:

The basic purpose of the course is extension of the knowledge necessary for design the warhead, containing submunitions of artillery rockets for multiple launcher rocket systems (MLRS). Main part of course program is the design of devices for separation, opening and scattering of cluster/cargo warhead for MLRS rockets. During the course several examples of the design of ensemble and elements of cluster warhead with the bomblets for artillery rocket will be performed. In addition, a method of testing of cluster/cargo warheads is explained in details.

Who should attend?

The course is intended for university students, engineers - researchers in the research institutions and engineers in the productions factories. It is advanced course it is assumed that attendees of course have good knowledge in mathematics, basic aerodynamics and ballistics and gas-dynamics).


Duration is two or three weeks; 60 lectures (one lecture duration 45min), but other arrangement is possible.

Course Outline

1. Basic characteristic of warhead containing sub munitions and orientation in the development of artillery rockets for MLRS
Types, tactical purpose and basic tactical and technical characteristic of cluster/cargo warhead for artillery rockets. The state of development of rocket with cluster/cargo warhead (Presentation of designed and developed various types of artillery rockets with cluster/cargo warhead).
2. Presentation of constructions of the warhead elements (units) for cluster/cargo warhead
The dual purpose (HEAT – fragmentation) bomblets: Tactical and technical requirements. Basic problems of design. Fuse and self-destruction device. The scattering of antitank mines: Tactical and technical requirements. Presentation of basic technical construction, other possible warhead elements.
3. The systems for opening the cluster/cargo warhead and scattering of warhead elements
Structure and function of basic devices of systems for opening and scattering of submunitions. Design principles of elements and subassemblies for opening cluster/cargo warhead and scattering of submunitions. Internal ballistic calculation of propellant combustion in volumes of systems for opening and scattering. Power sources. Models and calculation of dynamics of mobile elements in systems for opening and scattering. Examples of numerical calculation.
4. Testing of elements and assemble of cluster/cargo warheads
Testing in static conditions of cluster warhead models and theirs elements and subassemblies. Testing in dynamic conditions of systems for opening and scattering cluster/cargo warhead and theirs elements and sub assembles. Testing of rockets with cluster/cargo warhead at firing artillery test field.
5. Dispersion of Submunitions (Bomblets)
Modeling and simulation of initial conditions of submunitions. Three degree of freedom equations of free flight motion. Monte-Carlo simulation of scattering of impact points.
6. Examples and course assignments
One example of warhead opening will be calculated as well as dispersion of bomblets by Matlab program. Attendees will perform themselves assignments initial design of cluster warheads with different submunitions.

Lecturer: Dr Velibor Jovanovic