Terminal Ballistics Testing

Ballistics testing is a critical component of the QA processes associated with MIL-STD-810 and other regulatory guidelines. At NTS, we have more than 50 years of experience helping defense contractors meet these challenges while developing more effective tools and technologies for America’s troops. With a number of ballistics testing facilities throughout the country, we specialize in meeting your project’s requirements in a safe and cost-effective manner. Our team of in-house engineers is comprised of recognized experts in their field, and our testing labs are equipped with some of the most sophisticated measurement and analysis tools available today.

NTS Ballistic Test Labs

NTS maintains multiple terminal ballistics ranges used for materials, components, and systems impact testing using pistol, rifle ammunition, and Fragment Simulating Projectiles (FSP). Service and loaded velocities are available for proof and ballistic limit testing.

The following NTS facilities feature ballistics testing equipment suitable for wide range of simulation and certification purposes:

  • NTS Camden:NTS Camden hosts the National Ordinance and Ballistics Test Center, a modern, fully equipped weapons testing lab featuring several different firing ranges, a warhead test arena, rocket range and more. In addition to ballistics testing, NTS Camden is a multidisciplinary testing facility offering cost-effective environmental and climatic simulation, dynamics testing and other services.
  • NTS Wichita:NTS Wichita features three ballistics test ranges, each of which is large enough to test full-scale products. All ranges employ advanced technologies for velocity measurement, including fully redundant Oehler Model 55 chronographs and Model 34 ballistic computers, as well as Doppler measuring technology. A protected viewing room is available for remotely launching ballistic tests using a pneumatic triggering device.
  • NTS Dana Point:The NTS testing lab in Dana Point, California is a national leader in interior ballistics modeling. Test facilities include the ability to perform sophisticated projectile and rocket motor analysis and performance modeling, including trajectory simulation, aerodynamic analyses and more.
  • NTS Rustburg:NTS Rustburg offers a number of relevant testing services for naval defense contractors, including environmental and dynamic simulation, with an emphasis on shock and vibration.

Your Partner for Compliance and Quality Control

NTS can provide complete turnkey ballistics testing solutions. Our Wichita lab is a National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLPA)-certified facility for the following personal body armor testing standards:

  • NIJ 0101.06: Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor — Section 7 — Ballistic Test Methods
  • NIJ 0101.04: Ballistic Resistance of Personal Body Armor
  • NIJ 0101.06: Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor — Section 5 — Flexible Armor Conditioning Protocol
  • NIJ 0101.06: Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor — Section 6 — Hard Armor Conditioning Protocol

NTS Camden is an ISO/IEC 17025-registered lab that offers support for a number of Army and Navy programs, including Javelin, GMLRS, Hydra and more. In short, whatever your ballistics testing or other requirements, we can ensure they are met.

For more information about ballistics testing services at any NTS facility or to request a free quote for your project, contact our head office today. We will work to provide fast, cost-effective service that meets your timelines and your budget.