Defence and Military Vehicle Testing

Millbrook is the UK MoD’s independent military vehicle test and engineering specialist in the Land Environment.

Millbrook provides Armed Forces, vehicle manufacturers and system suppliers with engineering, trialling, safety, legislative and performance support. Its services cover military vehicle development, decision making and in-service operation. Millbrook plans and implements test and evaluation programmes and provides impartial test results.

Defence and military vehicle testing on the off-road test tracks at Millbrook Proving Ground

Home of the UK’s Battlefield Mission

Millbrook provides Armed Forces, vehicle manufacturers and system suppliers with engineering, trialling, safety, legislative and performance support. Its services cover military vehicle development, decision making and in-service operation. Millbrook plans and implements test and evaluation programmes and provides impartial test results.

Military vehicle test and engineering support includes:

  • Analysis and formulation of requirements
  • Planning and execution of integrated army vehicle test and evaluation programmes
  • Advice on military vehicle safety and legislation requirements
  • Military vehicle mobility testing
  • Military vehicle reliability testing
  • Military vehicle environmental testing
  • Military vehicle human factors testing
  • Military vehicle electromagnetic compatibility testing
  • Advice to optimise military vehicle safety, performance, availability and cost of ownership

Millbrook can measure almost any parameter required for military vehicle development, capability definition, benchmarking and homologation, and provide in-service support for any defence vehicle to optimise performance, availability and cost.

Military vehicle testing on the off-road tracks wading pond at Millbrook Proving Ground

Military Vehicle Test and Development

Millbrook has the latest measurement and data acquisition systems for drive-by noise, vibration, braking, steering effort, internal noise, heating and cooling systems, refinement or the performance of any other vehicle subsystem or vehicle mounted system. Millbrook’s unique combination of on and off-road tracks, features and venues provides an unrivalled location for benchmarking, demonstration and the rigorous measurement of military vehicle mobility.

Millbrook provides military vehicle systems engineering expertise including:

  • Translation of User Requirements Documents (URDs) and System Requirement Documents (SRDs) (in relation to the concepts of use, employment and operation documentation) for new and current in-service platforms and equipment;
  • Integrated Test, Evaluation and Acceptance Planning (ITEAP);
  • Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) expertise;
  • Subject matter expertise in pan-Defence Lines of Development (DLOD) platform, systems and integration;
  • Land Open Systems Architecture (LOSA) subject matter expertise;
  • Maintainability advice and assessment encompassing technical publications and maintenance schedule verification.
Military vehicle testing at Millbrook

Military Vehicle Safety Testing

Millbrook’s full-scale crash, ServoSled and safety systems laboratories have been at the forefront of vehicle, system and occupant protection testing for over 40 years and provide high complexity tests that meet a wide range of global legislative and development test scenarios. With the availability of ultra-compact data acquisition and digital camera systems, Millbrook can meet all the defence industry needs.

Testing to DEF STANS 59-411 and 61-5, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), is a rigorous and vital part of bringing a vehicle into service and ensuring it is safe and provides a suitably quiet EM environment for C4ISTAR mission systems. Millbrook has access to one of the UK’s largest EMC chambers. This is equipped with a rolling road providing load and drive to wheeled vehicles to ensure all modes of operation are covered during EMC testing.

Military Vehicle Environmental Testing

Millbrook has the ability to test to all aspects of DEF STAN 00-35 or MIL STD 810, including:

  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Solar
  • Humidity
  • Salt Mist
  • Driving Rain
  • Sand and Dust
  • Fungus and Mould

Millbrook performs military vehicle sub-system vibration testing, ranging from one off tests to long term durability programmes. Millbrook offers extensive hydraulic and electro-magnetic vibration testing capabilities.

Millbrook’s Large Climatic Chamber is used for conducting environmental tests to customer specifications against defence and commercial industry standards.

Military Vehicle Capability Testing

Millbrook measures the capability and performance of any defence vehicle, including:

  • Vehicle mobility
  • Vehicle handling
  • Counter-surveillance signatures
  • Human factors testing
  • Payload
  • Range
  • Advice on requirement setting

Assessing the capability and performance limitations of vehicle platforms, as laid out in DEF STANs 23-6, 23-9, 00-3, 00-6, 08-6, 00-25 and 00-250 is fundamental to development and sign-off.

Millbrook has a wide variety of on and off-road tracks and repeatable capability obstacles for the rigorous measurement of vehicle mobility, benchmarking and demonstration.

Millbrook has the experienced staff required to prepare test vehicles, collect data and assist with analysing results. They can assess performance, collect and read load data during a specific event or record real world driving to develop correlations for future laboratory or track-based testing.

Military Vehicle Durability Testing

Millbrook is Home of the Battlefield Mission, and performs:

  • Reliability Growth Trials
  • Reliability Qualification Trials
  • Reliability Demonstration Trials
  • Product Reliability Acceptance Trials
  • Structural testing
  • Reliability sign-off

Millbrook assesses the reliability of military vehicles to the procedures laid out in DEF STAN 00-42.

A Battlefield Mission is a driven trial over hundreds of kilometres of appropriate repeatable terrain to evaluate the reliability and durability of a full vehicle or a system. All testing and reporting is undertaken independently and impartially.

Missions are split into Road, Track and Cross Country surfaces. These are repeatable, measured and consistent. The percentage, by distance driven on each surface, is determined by the role of the vehicle.

Millbrook monitors vehicles on trial and carries out detailed inspections at the end of each mission or after a failure. It provides full, immediate feedback to stakeholders.

Millbrook’s technicians perform routine maintenance in line with vehicle manuals and manufacturers’ specifications.

If required, Millbrook can also host Incident Sentencing Committees (ISCs), whereby a group of stakeholders discuss and categorise each mechanical or electrical failure by severity, as detailed in documentation created after each regular inspection.

Military Vehicle Structural Laboratory Testing

Millbrook offers 800m² of structural test laboratories, supported with electro-hydraulic ring mains, a reinforced concrete floor grid and a dynamic modular beam system.

Defence vehicle testing at Millbrook

Military Vehicle Testing for Legislative Compliance

Millbrook provides briefings on and trialling against prevailing legislation and requirements, tailored to the customer’s needs.

  • Brakes
  • Noise
  • Speedometer accuracy
  • Exterior projections
  • WBV/HAV
  • Internal Noise

Millbrook’s engineers are experts in UK/EC/ECE automotive legislation and with a VCA team based on-site (together with the experience of working with many other certification agencies), they efficiently manage homologation testing programmes.

Millbrook is able to provide advice against individual legislative regulations, make recommendations and offer pragmatic solutions where legislation may not be appropriate in a military environment.

Off-road driving filming location with wading pond at Millbrook Proving Ground

Vehicle Demonstration and Event Venues

Millbrook offers customers the opportunity to combine its top-grade corporate event venues and catering with access to private test tracks at Millbrook Proving Ground. This makes the facilities ideally suited to vehicle demonstrations or training, with classroom sessions followed by driving experiences.

Security

If your defence test needs stipulate any specific security or confidentiality requirements, please contact Millbrook for further information.

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