World-class ballistics research
We provide these parties with world-class enabling technology for ballistics protection and the certification of products and materials. Testing complies with international standards such as STANAG (NAVO), MIL, VPAM, CEN and NIJ. The lab is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited and also has the NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2008 management certificate.
The lab contains a target bunker for testing all kinds of firearms, munitions and explosives. We can examine both the effect of a projectile or explosive and the interaction with a protective material. In addition, there are three indoor shooting ranges for testing a variety of small-calibre projectiles and weapons systems.
The experiments are recorded using high-quality instruments with unprecedented precision:
- Multiple X-ray pulsers (t/m 1200 kV)
- Shimadzu high-speed video camera (1 million fps with 100 frame capacity)
- IMACON ultra high-speed cameras (100 million fps with 8 frame capacity)
- high-speed cameras to measure 3D deformation and load (9800 fps)
A unique aspect is the combination of high-speed cameras and a X-ray source. Since the X-ray does not observe light or smoke, the combined images record information, up to speeds of a million frames per second, about explosions or the impact of a projectile, and its effect on and response of the protective material.
This short film shows how TNO cooperates with private and public partners to generate innovations in the ballistics field. It is an example of how we respond to the urgent operational needs of our customers.
High-Speed X-ray (HSX): unique ballistics test method
TNO has added an extra source of information to recording ballistics testing with high-speed cameras: X-rays. The instrument, High-Speed X-ray (HSX), is unique and it records the impact of specific projectiles...
Unique facilities for testing RPG protection
They are light, easily obtainable and deadly: shoulder-launched rocket propelled grenades (RPG) designed to disable tanks. TNO experts develop effective methods and materials to offer our military personnel...
Services Ballistics Research
The customers of the ballistics research laboratory consist of both defence ministries, the international defence industry as well as the civilian industry.
TNO offers indoor fragmentation tests for warheads of up to 120 mm. Results can be given in JMEM or other formats suitable for input of lethality- or vulnerability assessment software such as TARVAC or...
Blast Testing and Data Acquisition
The Laboratory for Ballistics Research facilitates world wide onsite data acquisition for blast effects. A team exclusively hired for this capability has experience in setting up and recording highly...
The LBR Lab is easily accessible and is located directly on the motorways A12 and A4 at the Prins Clausplein in The Hague. From Amsterdam Schiphol airport it takes approximately 40 minutes by car and from airport Rotterdam-The Hague about 10 minutes by car.
Laboratory for Ballistics Research
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Characterization of fragmenting ammunition
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Evaluate the performance of your spall liners
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Live RPG acceleration
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Testing bulletproof vests according to the NIJ 0101.06
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Certificate ISO 17025 - l275
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Stanag 4569 Test Certification - Armoured Vehicle Protection
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