Element has a global capacity for military EMC testing as the Defense industry’s leading partner for the design, testing, and qualification of military equipment entering service around the world.

What is military EMC?  

The EMC environment can be particularly challenging in a military/defense application, and there is no room for error whether it be in practice exercises or theatre. It is crucially important that equipment operates as intended, whether that be communications equipment, munitions, vehicles, or support equipment, including that used on the ground, in the air, or at sea.

The EMC testing performed to such standards as MIL-STD 461 (and DEF STAN 59-411) plays a vital role in ensuring equipment suffers or causes no adverse effects in performance or safety due to electromagnetic interference when used in and around other electrical or electronic equipment.


Military EMC testing services 

Element designs and delivers pre-compliance testing and formal military EMC testing programs for over 350 military products annually. Element provides Tr-service testing and validation to the supply chain to demonstrate the durability and effectiveness of products in challenging military environments.

We deliver EMC testing in fully anechoic and reverberation chambers that range in size from traditional dimensions for smaller systems or programs up to large military vehicle EMC test chambers. Built originally for testing the Challenger Main Battle tank, they have recently been used for testing new naval systems and British army vehicles, such as the Mastiff and Husky.

Our military UKAS-accredited EMC testing and qualification services provide both standard defense validation as well as Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) testing in a short time, most commonly against the following EMC standards: 


US-based EMC military standards

  • MIL-STD 461 ((EMC radiated immunity/susceptibility testing)
  • MIL-STD-462
  • MIL-STD-1399 


UK-based EMC military standards 

  • DEF STAN 59-411 
  • DEF STAN 61-5 
  • BS 3G100 Part 4 Section 2: 1980 
  • DEF-STAN 61-5 

Aerospace EMC standards


Single test program

In addition, we develop testing packages that meet both defense and commercial requirements with a single test program, designed in partnership with customers and the UK Ministry of Defense:

  • CE Marking
  • E Marking
  • RADHAZ testing
  • Naval acceptance testing
  • EMC interoperability testing
  • Immunity integrity testing


Advice & guidance

Our experienced EMC Engineers offer advisory services to support you through the complex process of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) qualification and testing for modern defense equipment from concept to production. As a result of testing thousands of products every year, we can help you reduce risk and cost during testing and validation.


The Element advantage

As part of a global laboratory network, Element operates accredited EMC labs in the US (ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by A2LA or NVLAP) and the UK (UKAS accredited to BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005). We have more than 25 years of military EMC testing in the UK. 

Along with EMI/EMC testing, Element offers an extensive range of military and aerospace equipment qualification testing. These include environmental simulation, mechanical, safety, structural, operational, functional, and performance testing as well as fluid conveyance testing. We also perform specialty tests such as hail and bird strike, sand/dust, fuel icing, and combined environmental and operational reliability testing.

For more information about military EMC testing services, or to request a quote, contact us today.

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Our Services 

Large HIRF Chamber Testing


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Lightning Strike Testing

Our aircraft lightning strike services provide testing per RTCA DO-160 Section 22, MIL-STD-461 and others to evaluate how on-board electronics perform in the event of a strike.

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Power Quality Testing

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MIL-STD-461 Testing

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Element has over 50 years experience in working with a wide range of Defense Product and System manufacturers from the initial concept of their products and on to the complex testing that is required of modern defense equipment.

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DEF STAN 00-35 Testing

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