Department of Defense Testing

Protecting the Protectors

Keeping Americans safe at home and all over the world is a calling for the thousands of the brilliant, highly trained and dedicated people who engineer the programs, design the communications systems and build the high-tech machines and weaponry that protect us.

NTS is proud to serve the Department of Defense, its military branches and its defense industry contractors, all of whom depend on us for essential Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDTE) services, including:

  • Test Engineering and Analysis
  • Environmental, Dynamics and Mechanical Testing
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility and Interference Testing
  • Function and Characterization
  • Insensitive Munitions and Safety Testing
  • Engineering Services Design, FEA, Modeling, and Failure Analysis
  • Ultra High Speed Photography, Instrumentation and Data Acquisition

We tailor our Defense engineering services to support the program needs of our government and non-government defense customers to ensure efficient, timely and consistent RDT&E of the systems, components, and materials in legacy and emerging defense technologies and products.

NTS teams continue to support these and many other DOD elements with independent, objective RDT&E:

  • Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO)
  • Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC)
  • Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM)
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
  • Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
  • S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
  • S. Army Materiel Command (AMC)
  • S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
  • S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
  • US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC)

Among the many defense industry contractors we work with are:

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • BAE
  • Boeing
  • Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Co. (EBAD)
  • General Atomics
  • General Dynamics
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)
  • L3 Technologies, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)
  • Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS)
  • Raytheon
  • SAIC / Leidos
  • Scientific Research Corporation (SRC)
  • Textron
  • United Launch Alliance (ULA)

We also support the thousands of other large and small business contractors and subcontractors within the commercial defense industry that supply the government and defense contractors developing, qualifying, and producing new and legacy defense technology

One Source for Defense RDT&E Services

Technical expertise. Accreditations. Physical infrastructure. NTS has what it takes, and then some, to meet the needs of our extensive customer base.  Across the U.S. and North America NTS offers unparalleled convenience and resources for the testing of defense technology.  We perform RDT&E services at our locations or at our customer’s government bases, contractor facilities or field trials.  These services include CLASSIFIED and UNCLASSIFIED, accredited testing and evaluation to a wide range of industry standards and specifications including:

  • MIL-STD-810: The “Department of Defense Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests” covers the environmental factors encountered during the use of military equipment in all stages of its service life. MIL-STD-810 testing involves replicating these conditions in a controlled laboratory environment through the use of temperature, humidity, shock, vibration, acceleration and other simulation equipment.
  • MIL-STD-461: The “Department of Defense Requirements for the Control of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipment” covers the EMC and EMI requirements for all electrical and electronic equipment used in defense applications. NTS can perform MIL-STD-461 testing in-house using highly controlled, anechoic chambers. We can also conduct MIL-STD-461 testing for components that are too large or too expensive to transport to an NTS location.
  • MIL-STD-2105: The “Department of Defense Test Method Standard Hazard Assessment Tests For Non-Nuclear Munitions” involves fragment impact testing, external fire, fast and slow cook-off testing and bullet-impact testing using small- and medium-caliber ammunition. Our National Ordnance and Ballistics Center is equipped with multiple firing ranges and sophisticated monitoring equipment to perform testing to all MIL-STD-2105 requirements.
  • MIL-DTL-901E (Previously MIL-S-901D): The “Department of Defense Requirements for Shock Tests, High Impact, Shipboard Machinery, Equipment, and Systems” is the military standard governing shock-resistance requirements for shipboard equipment. MIL-DTL-901E certification is required for principle devices, subsidiary components and subassembly components, including both those that are essential for safety and combat, and those that could become hazardous to the crew if exposed to shock. Shock testing to MIL-DTL-910E standards can be performed at NTS labs across the country. In fact, our Rustburg, VA location is equipped with a 36-acre, 1,800 x 250 x 130-ft. quarry for heavyweight applications.
  • MIL-STD-167: The “Department of Defense Test Method Standard: Mechanical Vibrations of Shipboard Equipment” is similar to MIL-DTL-901E, but specifically covers the effects of environmentally and internally excited vibrations on shipboard equipment. Replicating these factors in a controlled laboratory environment requires powerful shakers and precise instrumentation. NTS maintains some of the best-equipped facilities in the country for MIL-STD-167 vibration testing.

We can also provide testing to other defense standards, such as:

  • MIL-STD-120 (gage inspection)
  • MIL-STD-248 (welding and brazing procedures)
  • MIL-STD-516 (airworthiness)
  • MIL-STD-767 (control of hardware cleanliness)

Extensive Defense Testing and Evaluation Services

Among our numerous capabilities and services, NTS provides its customers with laboratory and proving ground / range testing of live Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives (AA&E) and inert products for:

  • Test Engineering and Analysis
    • 2D and 3D CAD Modeling
    • Custom Test Apparatus, Fixture Design, Development, Fabrication, Validation
    • Structural and Thermal Finite Element Analysis
    • Mechanism Dynamics Analysis
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis
    • Interior Ballistics Modeling and Analysis
    • Weapon System Failure Investigations
  • Extreme and Combined Environment Simulation
    • Altitude, Temperature & Humidity, Rain, Salt Fog, Sand & Dust, others
    • Vibration, Shock, Acceleration, Loading, 12-Meter Drop Heavyweight Barge and DSSM, others
    • Electromagnetic Interference /  Electromagnetic Compatibility / Electrical / Power
    • Lightning – Direct and Indirect Effects
    • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD / HIRF)
  • Hazard Classification and Transportation Safety Testing
    • Department of Transportation: TB 700-2 / NAVSEAINST 8020.8
    • Interim Hazards Classification (IHC) Testing
  • Safety & Insensitive Munitions (IM)
    • 28-day / 4- Day Temperature and Humidity
    • Transportation, Aircraft, Shipboard Vibration
    • 12-meter Drop
    • Fast / Slow Cook-Off
    • Bullet / Fragment Impact
    • Sympathetic Reaction
    • Shaped Charge Jet Impact
  • Ballistics Testing
    • Weapon, Ammunition and Material-Centric
    • Small, Medium, Large Caliber Direct Fire to 120mm Tank, to 3000 meters
    • Shoulder Launched Munitions (SLM)
    • Body Armor, Helmets, Armor Materials
  • Performance, Safety and Functional Testing
    • Arena Characterization – Blast, Fragmentation, Lethality /Vulnerability
    • Penetration and Areal Coverage
  • Mechanical Stress, Strain and Functional Testing
    • High Pressure Fluid/Gas/Cryogenics & Fuel Flow
    • Pneumatic and hydrostatic – Burst and Cycling
    • Hydraulics
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) testing
    • Military and Law Enforcement applications including NVLAP and NIJ certified:
      • Helmets, Soft and Hard Body Armor Systems and Components
      • Terminal Ballistics – V0 / V50
      • Impact Shock – Drop, Hammer, Custom
      • Stab Impact
      • CT Scanning

In addition to the major defense RDT&E services listed above, we provide a multitude of related services, as well as many types of customer-defined engineering projects covering a broad range of specialized services. To learn more, visit:

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