NTS Wichita KS Testing Facility

Wichita, Kansas

7447 West 33rd Street North
Wichita, KS 67205
T: 316.832.1600 | F: 316.832.1602
Matthew Lutz - General Manager
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Facility Highlights


  • Ballistic Resistant Material Impact Testing
  • Firearm Testing
  • Firearm Safety Device Testing
  • Helmet Impact Testing


  • NVLAP Accredited, Lab Code 200818-0
  • NIJ National Institute of Justice
  • CA Department of Justice
  • PSDB Police Scientific Development Branch
  • State of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety
  • SAAMI Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Institute

NTS Wichita (formerly United States Test Laboratory USTL) is an independent test facility providing expert testing of body armor, helmets, and firearm locking devices, as well as stab testing.The expert staff at NTS Wichita, KS has practical experience in both law enforcement and military test specifications.

We utilize modern test equipment and innovation to provide accurate and confidential test procedures and reporting of test results.

At NTS we utilize the latest in technology and innovation to maximize test accuracy and confidence. Our Wichita, KS 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
  • NTS Wichita is currently the only 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. NTS Wichita provides testing to a wide variety of test standards including NIJ 0101.06, MIL-STD 662F, UL 752 and a variety of military and international test specifications.

NTS Wichita was the first independent ballistic test laboratory to utilize FARO Arm and Geomagic Qualify software, capable of making precise measurements up to 0.0006” (0.016mm), as well as Doppler radar. Two high speed cameras are utilized to capture test data up to 500,000 frames per second.

The fully adjustable test fixtures at NTS enable the provision of support to a variety of 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.

Body Armor Testing

Body Armor Testing

NTS Wichita test services can be tailored for any test scenario; First Article Testing (FAT), Lot Acceptance Testing (LAT), Internal Research and Development (IR&D), Qualification, and Research and Development. NTS knows you can’t wait months for testing. Test data can be delivered in the required format within 24 hours of test completion. 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.

  • 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 various others
  • UL 752
  • NIJ 0108.01
  • Mil-Std 662F

Helmet Testing

Combat 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’x9’x8’ 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. NTS Wichita has a 23”x31”x33” ESPEC Chamber capable of - 70º to 150º C and 10-98% RH and a 20”x20x”x20” Thermotron chamber capable of 177º C.

More Information

Click here to download the NTS Wichita, KS fact sheet for more details on specifications, tests, and capabilities. Contact us today to discuss your next program!

Updated May 20, 2016