DEFENCE & MILITARY TESTING & COMPLIANCE

MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-462, DEF STAN 59-411, MIL-STD-285, IEEE Std 299, Army (Aust) 6869, Military EMC Testing, Defence EMC Testing, MIL-STD-464, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD Test Plan, Defence Compliance

MIL STANDARDS

Military Standards such as MIL-STD-461 were developed to provide reasonable confidence that equipment or subsystems could function in its intended electromagnetic environment. Defence platforms such as Warships, Submarines, Aircraft and Army vehicles contain a range of high powered radio transmitters and sensitive electronic equipment that must work in harmony.

 

Q: Why is Military Testing so expensive?

A: The standards list a large range of different tests that cover wide frequency ranges. Testing programs often take several weeks to complete and must be performed in highly specialised test laboratories with expensive test equipment.

MIL-STD EMC testing

Global Approvals – Defence EMC and RF experts

Global Approvals offer expert advice and services for Defence and Military EMC, RF and environmental testing and design requirements.

We prepare detailed test plans, arrange testing through accredited test laboratories and can attend the laboratory as an expert witness to ensure testing is completed correctly.

Key Global Approvals staff have Australian Defence security clearance to NV1 level.

As former NATA signatories for MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-462 and MIL-STD-285 and comprehensive experience working on hundreds of successful projects, expert service is guaranteed.

Test Plans

Detailed test plans to Military standards such as MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464, DEF STAN 59-411, MIL-STD-285, IEEE Std 299 and Army (Aust) 6869 are essential and must be in place before an EMC test program can commence. These standards are complicated and difficult to interpret.

Once finalised, they will allow the test laboratory to produce a very accurate quote and will ensure a relatively smooth test process. Both of which will save you a lot of time and money in the long run!

Global Approvals can prepare these EMC test plans for you and manage the entire testing process on your behalf.

MIL-STD EMC testing

MIL-STD-461 EMC Testing

After the MIL-STD-461 EMC test plan has been finalised we can arrange testing through the most suitable test laboratory (based on capability, accreditation status, location and price).

We can manage the entire project on your behalf so that you can concentrate on other business matters.

For high risk projects we can attend the test laboratory as an expert witness to ensure testing is carried out in strict accordance with the plan.

Shielding Effectiveness (IEEE Std 299, MIL-STD 285)

RF Design

Global Approvals are experts in Electromagnetic Compatibility, RF Shielding Design and RF Shielding Effectiveness. We advise on the type of components to install (such as filters, connectors, waveguides, penetrations), materials to use (such as copper, brass, steel, mu-metal, beryllium copper) and construction techniques (such as in-situ, modular, welded, press-fit).

We deliver a cost-effective design solution based on the input parameters and the scope of works.

We can advise on the process from start to finish and work closely with your team to ensure a successful project that meets the specifications, is delivered on budget and on time.

Test Plan

We can prepare comprehensive shielding effectiveness test plans based on the design parameters and contract stipulations.

SE Testing

After the IEEE Std 299 or MIL-STD-285 Shielding Effectiveness test plan has been finalised we can arrange testing through the most suitable test house (based on capability, accreditation status, location and price).

We can manage the entire process on your behalf so that you can concentrate on other business matters.

For high risk projects we can attend the test location (laboratory or in-situ) anywhere in Australia as an expert witness to ensure SE testing is carried out in strict accordance with the plan.

Training

Global Approvals offers extensive MIL-STD training services. Training can be any combination of Theoretical and Practical. Theoretical training can be held at your premises anywhere in Australia or in professional training facilities in Melbourne.

Practical training can be completed at your premises with your own test equipment.

Click here to learn more about our training capability and services.

EMRADHAZ

  • MIL-STD-464 EMRADHAZ for HERO, HERF, HERP
  • Desktop analysis and assessment
  • On-site testing
  • Problem solving and analysis, counter-measures application

Project Experience

Global Approvals staff, as members of various EMC testing organisations over the past two decades, have been involved in countless Defence and Military EMC projects. Ranging from small, battery operated devices, three phase powered subsystems all the way up to defence installations and military vehicles.

We have prepared and reviewed test plans, completed entire testing programs (in the laboratory and on-site) and signed off on hundreds of EMC test reports as  NATA authorised signatories to MIL-STD 461 and MIL-STD 285.

Prominent clients served and projects worked on over the past 20 years, as members of various EMC testing organisations, include the following:

Projects

  • ASKAP telescope
  • ATS Monegeetta test facility
  • Bushmaster vehicle
  • Hawkeye vehicle
  • HMEV vehicle
  • BOXER vehicle
  • RF Shelters and cabins
  • Collins Class Submarine
  • AWD Destroyer

Clients

  • Australian Defence Force (ADF)
  • Accredited Test Services (ATS) Monegeetta
  • Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC)
  • Harris
  • Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA)
  • Raytheon
  • BAE Systems
  • Rheinmetall Defence
  • Thales
  • SAAB
  • Minelab
  • Daronmont Technologies
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC)
  • Australian Defence Industries (ADI)
  • Varley
  • L3 Communications
  • Boeing
  • Cubic Defence NZ
  • AERO Pakistan

Common Defence Standards

MIL-STD-461G DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTERFACE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONTROL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE CHARACTERISTICS OF SUBSYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT

MIL-STD-461F DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTERFACE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONTROL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE CHARACTERISTICS OF SUBSYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT

MIL-STD-464C DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTERFACE STANDARD ELECTROMAGNETIC ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS REQUIREMENTS FOR SYSTEMS

MIL-STD-810G DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TEST METHOD STANDARD ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING CONSIDERATIONS AND LABORATORY TESTS

DEF STAN 59-411 Electromagnetic Compatibility

SPECIFICATION ARMY (AUST) 6869 for characteristics of 28 V DC electrical systems and compatibility of utilisation equipment used in army vehicles

Standards are available from EverySpec.

Military standards are not specified by regulators for CE Marking, ACMA RCM or FCC Part 15 as examples.

MIL-STD-461 was developed by the US Military and has been adopted worldwide. It specifies emissions and immunity limits for electric and magnetic phenomena, covering Army, Navy, Airforce and Space equipment.

Version G (2015) is the latest edition.

In Australia Military standards are usually specified in Government (Commonwealth of Australia) contracts and programs.

Various editions of MIL-STD-461 exist, from the original MIL-STD-461A which was issued in 1967 (referencing MIL-STD-462) to the latest edition, MIL-STD-461G (2015).

TIP: When selecting COTS equipment and sub-systems for Military EMC Applications try to ensure it is compliant with at least the most stringent Industrial EMC standards such as EN 61000-6-2 and EN 61000-6-4 (or equivalent). Most likely the equipment will require significant EMC “hardening” and application of  EMC countermeasures (such as shielded enclosures and shielded cables) to comply with stringent MIL-STD limits.

Contact Global Approvals for expert Defence compliance solutions!

Global Approvals

PO Box 4356
Wantirna South, Victoria 3152, Australia

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