Artillery precision guided munition airframe definition – Ballistic performance


  1. Hamel, N.
  2. Wong, F.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
As stated in the Defence Policy, Canada must have a full spectrum of capabilities to make meaningful contributions in multilateral overseas operations that are aimed at stabilizing failed or failing states. The Canadian Forces is gradually acquiring precision strike capabilities in its gun-launched indirect fire weapon systems, since transformation documents support the acquisition of this kind of capability. DRDC initiated the project entitled “Concept Development of Artillery Precision Guided Munitions” to respond to and support the CF in making difficult performance-based choices and decisions on sub-155 mm artillery precision guided munitions. The objective of this study was to identify promising airframe geometries that could contribute to extending the range of an APGM through reduced drag and increased lift. A parametric analysis of the six candidate projectile configurations and their variants was carried out. It was found that none of the six candidate projectile configurations exhibited any obvious undesirable ballistic characteristics, so all six configurations should be carried forward to a follow-on study where guidance and control elements will be added before reevaluation.

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DATCOM;Artillery;Guided Munition;Ballistic;airframe;extended range;Model Munition Component Library;APGM (Artillery Precision Guided Munitions)
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2008-287 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2009
Number of Pages
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