Besides testing of our own developments and products, cooperation relationships have evolved in recent years with external partners in the areas of explosives engineering and ballistics as well as in environmental simulation.
Our explosives engineering test range contains multiple test sites, indoor and outdoor firing ranges, a 160 m sled track and a light-gas compressed air cannon, as well as state-of-the-art measuring equipment, including x-ray and high-velocity diagnostics. We are authorised to conduct explosive tests with up to 50 kg explosive mass (25 kg for fragmentation charges).
In addition to warhead function and performance testing (shaped charge, blast/fragmentation or penetration) and testing of insensitive munitions according to STANAG 4439, we conduct e.g. explosive tests in the contest of fundamental development (initiation, performance and characterisation) as well as ballistic tests and mechanical shock tests.
We use a high-powered light gas/compressed-air cannon especially for shock tests of components. The components to be tested are enclosed in projectiles with a diameter of 60 mm or 100 mm which can be accelerated to velocities of up to 1,000 m/s. The projectiles are captured in the 7 m long target zone. In addition to component tests, the system can also be used for other purposes, such as material characterisations through firing. Precise velocity measurement systems and high-speed video cameras are available.
A further important line of business comprises tests on armoured civil and military vehicles and their components. We perform complete certifications according STANAG 4569 resp. BRV 1999 / 2009 to at our site. We can conduct ballistic tests up to a calibre of 25 mm. Firing experiments with hand granades, RPG, TNT mines and PETN charges can be realised even on complete vehicles on short notice and un-scaled.
Measurements of forces, accelerations and pressures are standard. To determine the survival chances of vehicle passengers we use Hybrid III and Euro SID-ATD. If required, all tests can be recorded using high-speed video cameras both from the outside and inside the passenger compartment. Our experienced team members take pride in their competence, high flexibility and customer orientation.