Environmental Test Centre

We are world-leading in environmental testing and provides the facilities, technology and expertise to our allow customers to safely assess how their assets react when subjected to real life environments.

The Environmental Test Centre (ETC), situated on MoD Shoeburyness, is the largest UK environmental test facility for Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME). ETC can simulate extreme environmental conditions to provide our customers with the confidence they need to ensure their assets will remain safe when deployed in-service and will also perform as intended when needed.


ETC offer the following services:


  • Vibration (single shaker, twin shakers and multi-axis shakers)
  • Shock (free fall)
  • Impact (vertical and horizontal)Bounce

The above tests can be conducted at temperatures between +90°C and -60°C.


  • High Temperature (maximum +100°C)
  • Low Temperature (minimum -60°C)
  • Humidity - Steady State (+20° to + 80°C and 10%RH to 98%RH)
  • Humidity – Cyclic (+10° to + 80°C and 10%RH to 98%RH)
  • Low Pressure (minimum 3.4kPA)
  • Water – Mist
  • Water – Rain
  • Water – Immersion (maximum simulated depth 65m)
  • Water – Sealing
  • Icing
  • Salt Mist
  • Fluid Contamination (maximum +80°C)
  • Thermal Shock (maximum +80°C and minimum -60°C)
  • Rapid Decompression (minimum pressure 3.4kPa)
  • Temperature / Low Pressure (+80°C to -60°C and minimum pressure 3.4kPa)

Non-Destructive Testing

  • Computed Radiography (including mobile X-Ray)
  • X-Ray Computed Tomography
  • Digital Radiography


ETC is accredited by UKAS to perform testing in accordance with the following standards:

  • BS EN 17025:2017
  • Defence Standard 00-035
  • Mil-Stan 810
  • Allied Environmental Conditions and Tests Publications (AECTP)
Environmental Test Centre