The MOD and QinetiQ working together to provide Defence Test & Evaluation and Training Support Services

Munitions and Weapon System Performance Assessment

Under the LTPA QinetiQ provides an end-to-end test and evaluation service to assess the performance of indirect and direct fire weapons and their associated munitions, including free flight rockets. This service helps minimise the risk in weapons programmes.

Capabilities cover range and accuracy determination, performance, proof, development, safety, and acceptance testing. Specialised facilities include over-water recovery at MOD Shoeburyness and the MOD Pendine test tracks, where dynamic warhead and missile trials are conducted under instrumented controlled conditions.

Other key trials include:

  • Shaped charge warhead, including jet characterisation
  • Fragmentation arena
  • Static rocket motor tests
  • Missile flight
  • Life extension trials – post-environmental testing
  • Armour impact assessment, vehicle vulnerability tests
  • Strength of design
  • Propellant qualification
  • Fuze function tests – point detonation, post-impact
  • Delay and proximity
  • Defect investigation and ricochet
  • Demolition methods

Munitions and Weapon System Performance Assessment services are available at: