Test Center

On operations, one of the most important capabilities of the Armed Forces is individual protection. Similarly, when procuring weapon systems and ammunition, functional reliability takes top priority. Our specialists in the independent and neutral technical agency assess both the effectiveness of ballistic and detonation protection and the operational capability of weapon systems and ammunition. Trialling and technical investigations are conducted using the latest test and measuring technology.

News

81 mm Mortar 19 – troop trials in Walenstadt

81 mm Mortar 19 – troop trials in Walenstadt

Following the completion of instruction, the new Mortar 19 system underwent troop trials in Walenstadt and at the Wichlen firing range between calendar weeks 41 and 44.

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Factsheet 1

Maintain a safe distance when shooting? Of course, but within reason!

Hilly terrain surrounding a firing range

The safe distances that have to be maintained as per the rulebook when shooting are based on physical attributes and relate to flat terrain. Users (soldiers) then inevitably pose the question of whether hilly or mountainous terrain surrounding a firing range could not act as a natural backstop, thus making it possible to greatly reduce the safe distances stipulated.

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Factsheet 2

Fuel cells deployed in the Alps

Fuel cells deployed in the Alps

For ballistic trials and testing on firing ranges in the Alps, radio relays are generally used to ensure the safety of everyone involved (and of uninvolved parties) and to ensure that work proceeds smoothly. Armasuisse S+T is currently conducting tests with fuel cells in the high Alpine zone with a view to finding a more modern and sustainable alternative to the existing system, which involves crates full of batteries.

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Factsheet 3

News

Simulation

Developing protective clothing poses permanent challenges

Protective clothing in the form of body armour has been constantly modified and improved since time immemorial. The two world wars of the 20th century ensured that further developments to protective clothing were continuously pursued. Today, protective clothing is mainly worn by the armed forces and the police and is subject to standardised test procedures applicable throughout the world.

Factsheet 4

New Pencil Probes tested in the Shock Tube

New Pencil Probes tested in the Shock Tube

Until recently, laboratories throughout the world were reliant on just one commercial manufacturer of pencil probes. It was only at the end of last year that a competitor launched its own sensors, thus providing an alternative source for the first time in years.

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Factsheet 5

Successful reaccreditation

Certificate S+T

Science and Technology (S+T) was tasked with monitoring and evaluating the development of the new explosive practice round 16 for our mortars. The ammunition has been subjected to a series of tests in various S+T establishments. The aim is provide units with a safe and reliable product.

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Factsheet 6

Qualification of the new practice ammunition for the 81 mm mortar

The round leaving the barrel
The round leaving the barrel

Science and Technology (S+T) was tasked with monitoring and evaluating the development of the new explosive practice round 16 for our mortars. The ammunition has been subjected to a series of tests in various S+T establishments. The aim is provide units with a safe and reliable product.

Factsheet 7

Protective spectacles testing: so that nothing gets in your eyes

Model head made of polyurethane
Model head made of polyurethane

All members of the Swiss Armed Forces are equipped with spectacles as protection against fragments from projectiles or missiles. Minute fragments in particular can quickly enter the eyes and cause irreparable damage. S+T was commissioned by armasuisse's P+C Competence Sector to draw up an appropriate test method for protective spectacles as there were to date no adequate guidelines for the Armed Forces' needs.


Science and technology Test Center
Dr. Stephan Lampert
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun
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Dr. Stephan Lampert
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun

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