Wichita, KS

Wichita, KS

NTS Wichita Test Lab

Dedicated Law Enforcement and Military Testing in Wichita, KS

NTS Wichita (formerly United States Test Laboratory USTL) is an independent ballistic testing facility that puts some of the most important equipment to the test: Body armor, helmets and firearm locking devices and more. Our expert staff has practical experience in both law enforcement and military test specifications.

With modern test equipment and innovation, we deliver accurate and confidential test procedures and reporting of test results. The latest technology and some of the most experienced specialists in the business give us the edge to maximize test accuracy, and your confidence. Our Wichita facility boasts:

  • Three ballistic test ranges, each capable of testing full scale products
  • Each range utilizes redundant Oehler Model 55 chronographs and Oehler Model 34 Ballistic Computers to ensure accurate velocity measurements
  • The exclusive independent test facility in the United States utilizing Doppler radar technology for velocity measurement

NTS Wichita is part of the vast NTS Defense Group, which includes six other laboratories across the country. Our Wichita team provides testing to a generous range of test standards, including NIJ 0101.06, MIL-STD 662F and UL 752, and a variety of military and international test specifications.

This was the first independent ballistic test laboratory to utilize FARO Arm and Geomagic Qualify software, (capable of generating precise measurements up to 0.0006” {0.016mm}), as well as Doppler radar. Two high speed cameras can capture test data up to 500,000 frames per second. Plus, the fully adjustable test fixtures at NTS allow us to support numerous test samples:

  • Testing can be observed from a fully protected viewing room where the Universal Receiver is fired by a customized pneumatic triggering device.
  • Projectiles are fired from a laser-sighted Universal Receiver or Remington 40X receiver fitted with a .22 Fragmentation barrel.
  • We also provide testing using a variety of hand- and shoulder-fired weapons.

Accurate, Accelerated Body Armor Testing

Our test services can be tailored for any scenario; First Article Testing (FAT), Lot Acceptance Testing (LAT), Internal Research and Development (IR&D), Qualification and Research and Development. We know you can’t wait months for testing, if you need test data within 24 hours of test completion, you’ll have it. Our environmental test set ups—from temperature and humidity to vibration and shock—are co-located with our ballistic testing services, ensuring expedient and efficiently run programs. Body armor testing includes:

  • NVLAP Accredited, Lab Code 200818-0 / NIJ 0101.06 including in house conditioning
  • NIJ 0101.04/0101/05 Interim
  • NIJ 0115.00 Stab Resistance
  • Home Office Scientific Development Branch Ballistic and Stab Testing
  • DoD, FQ/PD 07-05E, FQ/PD 07-10A, CO/PD 00-02H, CO/PD 06-24, CO/PD 04-19D, CO/PD 06- 20, CO/PD 05-02, CO/PD 00-03D, SPEAR, Air Warrior and others
  • UL 752
  • NIJ 0108.01
  • Mil-Std 662F

Helmet Testing

  • NIJ 0106.00
  • CO/PD 05-04 Advanced Combat Helmet
  • FQ/PD 06-35A Lightweight Helmet
  • MIL-H-44117A Combat Vehicle Crewman
  • MIL-H-44099A Ground Troops and Parachutists
  • ICE-TP-002
  • ECH
  • MICH-L
  • DoT FMVSS No. 218

Handgun Testing

  • NIJ 0112.03, Autoloading Pistols for Police Officers
  • California DOJ Handgun Testing Standards
  • Massachusetts Handgun Testing Requirements

Environmental Testing

NTS Wichita was the first NIJ approved, NVLAP-accredited laboratory to perform on-site conditioning according to NIJ 0101.06. We have a Russell’s 12’ x 9 ’ x 8’ walk-in chamber capable of – 60º to 150º C and 10-95% RH, which can condition up to six models of body armor at the same time. This facility also hosts a 23” x 31” x 33” ESPEC chamber capable of -70º to 150º C and 10-98% RH and a 20” x 20” x 20” Thermotron chamber capable of 177º C.

For more details click here to download the NTS Wichita fact sheet. Or Request a Quote to get your next program rolling!


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