Arena Testing

Lethality Testing, Arena Testing, Blast Testing

The lethality effectiveness evaluation of advanced warheads requires accurate characterization of the warhead’s fragment mass and velocity distributions, along with the blast over-pressure spatial distribution. The NTS Camden test facility has performed a large number of warhead arena tests IAW ITOP 4-2-813 and FM 101-51-3 employing high speed digital video camera systems operating at recording rates as high as 100,000 frames per second and blast over-pressure gages up to 150 psi. This testing includes the tailoring of arenas for size, shape, data collection media and placement, and generation of Z-Data reports. Among the specialized arena elements utilized in NTS Camden testing are:

  • Aircraft Components – Cockpit, Fuselage, Wing and Tail Sections
  • Commercial or Military Vehicles – Vans, Trucks, Sedans
  • Armor Materials – Structural Elements, Panels
  • Mannequins – Plywood, Instrumented

NTS can support testing simultaneously at each of its arena test areas with net explosive weights over several hundred pounds. Examples of NTS arena testing are presented in the photographs below.

NTS also performs arena and functional testing of warheads, mines, grenades, ammunition and similar items.

NTS Camden offers full support for a wide range of military programs and systems, including Javelin, Hydra, Claymore Mine and more. We have a long history of providing testing and compliance assistance to the defense industry, and we can help you achieve certification to MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-2105 and other related regulatory guidelines.

The Camden Operations Division of National Technical Systems (NTS), as a part of NTS’s Defense Group, has 20 years of experience performing destructive testing for the defense industry, and has recently been providing IED and mine blast test services to some of the nation’s premiere armor and armor systems developers. The Camden Operations Division, located in Arkansas, is able to assist armor manufacturers and developers to accurately assess the performance of current and new armor designs verses improvised explosive devices and mine blast threats.

Safe, Remote Monitoring of Material Testing

Unique features of NTS Wichita include a fully protected viewing room equipped a pneumatic trigger device capable of remotely operating either a laser-guided universal receiver or a .22 fragmentation barrel. This allows our engineers to adjust fixtures as necessary to support a variety of test samples and maintain precise environmental controls.

Specialty Targets for Arena Testing









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