Weapons, Ordnance and Munition Performance
The LTPA provides the UK’s largest independent test and evaluation services to assess the performance of weapons, ordnance and munitions. The LTPA encompasses a vast array of ranges, instrumentation, and trial support facilities. Together the LTPA provides a holistic capability for weapons, ordnance and munitions testing.
Performance testing encompass all small arms, cannon, mortars, grenades, demolition stores, mines, rockets, artillery and tank weapon systems. Tests can be conducted on developmental systems through to testing for service acceptance, proof and in-service monitoring of munitions and weapons. Tests can be conducted either to defined NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) or by bespoke trial design.
- Munition performance; to ensure that the munition and its sub-systems meet the system’s capability performance requirements.
- Munition environmental assessments; to ensure that the munition meets its performance requirements following exposure to the range of climatic and mechanically induced environments that will be experienced during service life.
- Ordnance performance; to ensure that the ordnance and its sub-systems meet its system capability performance requirements.
- Terminal effects; to assess the performance of projectiles and warheads against a range of targets and conversely the survivability of targets / equipment from hostile attack.
Weapons, Ordnance and Munition Performance assessment capability is provided through the following sites:
- MOD Shoeburyness
- MOD Pendine
- MOD Eskmeals
- MOD Aberporth
- MOD Hebrides
- MOD BUTEC
- MOD Larkhill
- MOD West Freugh