Military & Defense Testing

What is MIL-STD Testing?

Military or MIL-STD testing is a required process to test equipment to be sold to the Department of Defense. There is a variety of codes that are used in the process, such as 188 -Telecommunications, 810 – Environmental Engineering, and 461 -EMC. The project numbers consist of two parts.

  • The first part is the Federal Supply Group or the FSG. This is followed by the Federal Supply Class (FSC).
  • The second part is a nonsignificant four-digit number serially assigned in each FSG or FSC.
    Closely related projects initiated in the same timeframe may be identified by a project number followed by a dash and sequentially assigned subproject numbers.

Complete MIL-STD overview

If you’re looking to sell equipment to the military, it is essential to complete the MIL-STD overview for all Department of Defense (DoD) projects/equipment.

Also, some organizations and agencies may use military requirements in non-military fields such as non-governmental agencies, and technical assistance organizations. Testing partners provide the testing capabilities required by the MIL-STD 810, MIL-STD 461, and other MIL tests.

Thorough environmental testing

Our qualified team can complete standard environmental engineering and laboratory testing known as the MIL-STD-810. The goal of the test is to discover the environmental impact on the design of an object and measure the limitations the material will face during its service life. Our comprehensive research methods accurately simulate the impact multiple environments have on material rather than attempting to replicate the environment itself.

The MIL-STD-810 can become an industry standard. While created for use by the United States Department of Defense, it has since become a baseline for testing consumer goods. Manufacturers of laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices often monitor their products against the specification and sell them as MIL-STD-810 compliant.

MIL-STD-810 includes the following:

  • Acceleration (513.6)
  • Acidic Atmosphere (518.1)
  • Acoustic Noise (515.6)
  • Dust (510.5)
  • Explosive Atmosphere (511.5)
  • Fluid Contamination (504.1)
  • Freeze / Thaw (521.3; 524)
  • Fungus (508.6)
  • Gunfire Shock (519.6; 522.1)
  • Humidity (507.5; 520.3)
  • Immersion (512.5)
  • Low Pressure aka Altitude (500.5; 520.3)
  • Multi-Exciter Testing (527)
  • Pyroshock (517.1)
  • Rain (506.5, 521.3)
  • Rail Impact (526)
  • Salt Fog (509.5)
  • Sand (510.5)
  • Shock (516.6)
  • Solar Radiation (505.5)
  • Temperature (501.5; 502.5; 503.5; 520.3; 523.3)
  • Time Waveform Replication (525)
  • Vibration (514.6; 520.3)
  • Vibro-Acoustic (523.3; 528)

Thorough electromagnetic testing

Testing Partners can also undertake a comprehensive MIL-STD-461 testing regimen. These tests were developed to control electromagnetic interference for military and aerospace applications. The MIL-STD 461 test is divided into two sections: emissions and susceptibility. These are designed to measure conducted or radiated radiation reactions.

MIL-STD-461 includes the following:

  • Conducted Emissions: Power Leads (30 Hz to 10 MHz) and Antenna Terminal (10 kHz-40GHz)
  • Conducted Susceptibility: Power Leads (30 Hz to 150 kHz); Antenna Port – Intermodulation (15 kHz to 10 GHz); Antenna Port – Rejection/Undesired Signals (30 Hz o 20 GHz); Antenna Port – Cross-Modulation (30 Hz too. 20 GHz); Structure Current (60 Hz to 100 kHz); Bulk Cable Injection (10 kHz to 200 MHz); Bulk Cable Injection – Impulse Excitation; Damped Sinusoidal Transients – Cable and Power Leads (10 kHz to 100 MHz)
  • Radiated Emissions: Magnetic Field (30 Hz to 100 kHz); Electric Field (10 kHz to 18 GHz); Antenna Spurious and Harmonic Outputs (10 kHz to 40 GHz)
  • Radiated Susceptibility: Magnetic Field (30 Hz to 100 kHz); Electric Field (2 MHz to 40 GHz); Transient Electromagnetic Field
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