ISO 17025 Accredited MIL-STD-810 Testing

Elite is strategically equipped to provide MIL-STD-810 and related Military EMC Testing with over 65 years’ experience and state-of-the-art facilities to complete your most complex projects. Our experts partner with you to identify the right testing for your products and deliver trusted results on your schedule.

Elite is ISO 17025 accredited through A2LA for nearly all MIL-STD-810 test methods to deliver high-quality results accepted by U.S. Department of Defense agencies.

Elite offers complete EMC/EMI, Environmental Stress, Photometric, and Wireless testing in one location to save time and cost on your product qualification programs. We also provide unmatched support capabilities to handle, operate, and monitor your test items:

  • Multiple temperature, humidity, and altitude chambers for small and oversize test items
  • State–of-the-art walk-in and double-duty temperature shock chambers that allow efficient testing for large test items in extreme temperature and humidity conditions
  • Five vibration tables capable up to 25,000 force lbs, 3” displacement, and 4’x4’ slip table and head expander for accommodating large test items
  • Unique capability for simultaneous vibration, temperature, humidity, and altitude exposure
  • Fleet of portable heating and cooling equipment which we use to construct custom chambers to meet your specific environmental testing requirements
  • Multiple salt fog chambers up to 93” x 47” x 47” capacity
  • Long duration high-intensity shock pulse capability (~100ms)
  • Custom vibration/shock fixture design and fabrication with our in-house machine shop
  • Elite personnel work on your behalf to provide traceability of material certificates
  • Compressed air: 90PSIG, 150CFM, Refrigeration Dried; Cooling water: 30PSIG, 7GPM
  • Configurable resistive power load banks and heat exhaust capability

Elite can combine tests and environments to your MIL-STD-810 requirements, according to the following test methods:

MIL-STD-810 Environmental Test Methods




Method 500

Low Pressure (Altitude)


Method 501

High Temperature


Method 502

Low Temperature


Method 503

Temperature Shock


Method 504

Contamination by Fluids


Method 505

Solar Radiation (Sunshine)


Method 506



Method 507



Method 509

Salt Fog


Method 510

Blowing/Settling Dust

X (Dust Only)

Method 511

Explosive Atmosphere


Method 512



Method 513



Method 514



Method 516



Method 518

Acidic Atmosphere


Method 519

Gunfire Shock


Method 520

Temperature, Humidity, Vibration and Altitude


Method 521

Icing/Freezing Rain


Method 524



What is MIL-STD 810?

MIL-STD 810 is an environmental, military-focused compliance standard for electronics and equipment design, testing survivability against a variety of external conditions. MIL-STD-810H is the most recent revision of this standard and while it uses the same tests and methods as previous revisions, this version emphasizes the importance of test plan preparation, provides tailoring guidance for the wide spectrum of product applications, and suggests clearer direction when testing ‘material systems’ durability.

Tests performed under this standard ensure electronic equipment remains operational during and after exposure to the harsh environments typically experienced in military operations. Successful completion of MIL-STD-810 testing proves the durability of the equipment and users can trust it to function properly under virtually any scenario.

What goes into MIL-STD-810 Testing?

MIL-STD 810 testing simulates a wide range of hazardous environmental situations, such as: vibration, shock, acceleration, humidity, low and high pressure, low and high temperature, and various other environmental conditions. What makes this standard unique are the tests specific to the hazards one can expect in a hostile, military environment, including:

Test Method 511 – Explosive Atmosphere is not a measure of the performance of the component around explosive material, but the reaction to the environment post explosion. This type of environment typically consists of air infused with fuel. The standard tests if the component can operate without combusting and causing an explosion.

Test Method 519 – Gunfire Shock is a measure of how well military components react to short bursts of intensive gunfire shock and respond with continual operation.

Does MIL-STD 810 Apply to my Product?

From Section 1.1 of MIL-STD 810G:

“This standard contains material acquisition program planning and engineering direction for considering the influences that environmental stresses have on material throughout all phases of its service life. Each of these groups is critical to the goal of successfully incorporating environmental considerations into materiel design, test, and evaluation.”

If you are designing an electronic product for military use, it is likely that MIL-STD-810 testing will be specified to qualify the design and production quality.

Manufacturers of non-military products may also apply MIL-STD-810 as a recognized “industry standard” to demonstrate survivability and proper operation under harsh conditions. The most important consideration is the product’s operational environment. From there, MIL-STD-810 provides guidance to tailoring each test method for your application. Even if environmental testing is not specifically required for your product, MIL-STD-810 compliance can help differentiate you from your competitors.

Trust our expertise and unique capabilities to satisfy the requirements for your product and its operating environment. We work within your needs to identify and carry out the right testing for your product.

Give us a call and experience the Elite advantage today.


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