Armed Forces rely on innovative weapon systems and effective modus of operandi to provide optimal protection of both military personnel and civilians against terrorist attacks, piracy and other threats. We are a leading institute in R&D in the field of protection, munitions and weapons.
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It is our aim to conduct ‘science and innovation at the frontline’ and to stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners in ensuring safety and security at the forefront of defence operations. We focus on technological and behavioral innovation, covering both the tangible and the intangible aspects of military missions. Our offering includes knowledge, technological and scientific innovation, assessment services and teams of resourceful, results-driven, independent researchers.
Military personnel must be able to operate effectively, safely and securely in a wide variety of operational situations. A comprehensive protection model incorporates the elements of military protection, mission goals, and cost-effectiveness. In addition, we need to look at providing physical protection, to minimize injuries, loss of life and material damage by identifying threats well ahead of time. The quality of life of injured soldiers involved in armed incidents, like IED-attacks, is of utmost importance. Military platforms like vehicles, ships or airframes should provide maximum survivability and protection.
Besides passive protection, the military should use weapon systems that are precise, effective and provide proportional damaging effects to the opponent, but provide minimum collateral damage. In addition, new weapon systems like hypersonic threats and high-energy lasers are expected on the battlefield in the next decade, which should be countered.
Maximum survivability and protection for security professionals and materials
In increasingly complex situations, the professionals at the front line, whose task it is to provide for our safety and security, need the best protection. They must wear optimal personal protective equipment and have access to the best military vehicles, vessels, airplanes and weapon systems, which are vital to their ability to survive and remain fully operational. TNO products cover the following areas:
- Personal protection and survivability
- Vehicle protection and survivability
- Naval ship protection and survivability
- Infrastructure protection and survivability
Emergence of new technologies: anticipating accidents, incidents and threats
A number of trends, including the growing instability in the world, competition over resources, and the rise of nationalist tendencies in many countries, have led to a growing need to invest in strong armed forces. New technologies fuel the emergence of new developments and potential threats, possibly leading to a new arms race. As such, Defence must be able to rely on innovative systems to adapt to new threats and anticipate to accidents and incidents and respond swiftly and decisively. Our products cover the following areas:
- Countering Explosives threats
- Advanced protective materials
- CBRN protection
- Propellants, Explosives and Pyrotechnics
- Ammunition safety
- Weapon systems
- Process safety solutions
Unique, modern testing facilities in Europe
We have one of the most highly advanced weapons testing facilities in Europe. These include our fully renewed indoor ballistic facilities and large scale Vehicle Test Hall, the Weapon Effects Test Centre, High Energy Laser Laboratory, the BSL3 High Tox Laboratory and a large scale breeze tunnel. The combination of these facilities with our technological know-how allows us to offer innovative solutions for protection. With advanced diagnostic and analytic tools, most weapon systems and defence materials can be accurately tested in a controlled environment. With these facilities and expertise we are ready to support our clients for many more decades to come.
Partners and customers
We provide vital defence services to national partners, which include the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (Navy, Airforce, Army), Police, Marin, NLR and the defence industry. As an independent R&D organisation we also offer our expertise to international partners and customers such as foreign MoD’s, NATO, EDA, OPCW and the international defence industry. We assist our customers in the cost-effective and safe acquisition, maintenance and use of protection equipment, weapons systems and ammunition and are partners in the development of new and innovative protection systems and weapon systems.
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Weapons systems control and analysis
For a growing number of TNO’s clients, such as the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) and a range of stakeholders in the defence industry around the world, the sense of security is decreasing. A number of...
Weapon Effects & Protection Center
The Weapon Effects & Protection Center is the most highly advanced weapons testing center in Europe. The fully indoor facility offers full testing capabilities for ballistics, whole vehicles and laser...
Firepower: Weapon Systems & Munitions
There will always be a need for weapons. To maintain legal order or to deter agressors, for instance, and - in the case of the Netherlands Armed Forces - to fulfil the expeditionary role in a credible...
Vehicle Protection and Survivability
A significant challenge in the defence industry today is the development of new protection concepts. In military vehicles in particular, optimum efficiency and usability require careful weighing of weight...
Naval protection and survivability
The ability of naval vessels to survive and remain operational after being attacked is of paramount importance to their operators and crew. For the military, a well-designed vessel should be able to withstand...
Infrastructure protection and survivability
Infrastructures, such as buildings, protective structures, industrial complexes, tunnels, harbours and pipelines, are a vital part of modern society, all of which are extremely vulnerable to the effects...
World-class ballistics research
TNO has been working on ballistics research for decades. The Dutch Ministry of Defence, foreign defence ministries, the international defence industry and suppliers are among the customers of our Ballistics...
Countering Explosive Threats
Explosive devices represent a threat to human life and material assets, both military and civilian, in a wide range of situations. With the rise of the internet, any malicious person can gain access to...
Advanced materials and protection concepts
In mission and weapon-platform development, lighter is always better, with a fresh incentive by the growing need for increased sustainability and reduced ecological impact. With our clients, the national...
Processing of Propellants, Explosives and Pyrotechnics
Societal challenges such as geo-political complications, rising global tensions, foreign dependency and material scarcity urge nations to ensure that their armed forces are optimally equipped to defend,...
Ammunition Safety: Safe and Suitable for Service
Armed forces must be able to rely on the effectiveness and safety of their military weapon systems, including the ammunition they use in theater. In world-wide operations ammunition is exposed to a wide...
Ballistic Performance and Personal Protection
What injuries can be expected due to a bullet impact on a helmet? How does a bullet, explosion or grenade (IED) affect the human body? What protection level is provided by bullet proof vests and how can...
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Protection
Internationally, military and civil authorities are expressing a growing need for the best technology to prevent, protect against, and combat CB attacks. They also look for the most efficient operational...
Anticipating accidents, incidents and threats
In today’s world, the challenges to peace and safety are many. With new technologies fuelling the emergence of new potential threats, we help our clients rely on the most advanced technology to anticipate...
Protecting those who protect us
In today’s world, there are many challenges to peace and safety. The front line of defence shifts from day to day, and the people who protect us – military personnel, police, and first responders – need...