Naval Weapon Systems Manual

By the Second World War, technology began to be integrated into combat. The invention of radar and sonar extended the field of combat to greater and greater ranges, and it was no longer necessary to sight targets directly. As technology progressed, the very nature of weapons also changed. Now, it is no longer sufficient to discuss individual pieces of weaponry, they must be taken in the context of the entire weapons system, which is the complete set of interrelating pieces that function together to achieve the goal of destroying a target.

The complete description of a weapons system must include all of the means of exchanging information between sub-systems, called communication systems; all means used to locate the target, called sensors; all means used to store, launch and deliver the weapon to the target, called delivery sub-systems; and all means used to inflict damage upon the target, called destruction sub-systems.

In this manual, various sub-systems function will be described.

To understand how a complicated device such as a weapons system works, it is often helpful to perform some level of abstraction first. In some ways, this is also how weapons systems are designed. The abstraction is simply to ask “what are the inputs and outputs?” This question can be applied at many different levels. To illustrate this concept, consider the overall weapons system. The inputs come from the target and/or an operator.

The output is the destructive force that damages the target.


The manual is build from several files. The following table describes each chapter.

The selected chapter can be downloaded form the list of attached files below.

 ChapterDescription
 0 Table Of Contents
 1 Waves
 2 Propagation of waves
 3Communication Systems
 4 Analog Modulation
 5 Computer Basics
 6 Digital Communication Methods
 7 Communication Networks
 8 Basic Radar Systems
 9 Continuous Wave Radar
 10 Advanced Radar Systems
 11 Tracking Systems
 12 Electro-Optical Systems
 13 Infrared Propagation and Detection
 14 Electro-Optical Imaging Systems
 15 The Acoustic Environment
 16 The SONAR Equation
 17ASW Systems 
 18 Control Systems Engineering
 19 Weapons Delivery Systems
 20 Navigation Systems
 21 Ballistics
 22 Chemical Explosives
 23 Warheads
 24 Damage Prediction
 25 Specialized Warheads
 26 Underwater Weapons
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Dan Gilboa,
Sep 1, 2010, 1:29 PM
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