Our Capabilities

Materials, Systems and Platform Assessment (EO)

Within our facilities and off-site we conduct assessments of EO system performance, this includes low technology readiness level (TRL) prototype development and fundamental sensing research.

Malvern Optical is able to conduct impartial assessment of electro-optic materials and sensors across multiple wavebands, including visible, ultraviolet and the infrared (NIR, SWIR, MWIR, LWIR). Optical characterisation of materials is conducted using our dedicated materials assessment facility.

Using our controlled testing environment and outside test ranges, we can evaluate how an imaging system performs and assess its suitability to undertake detection, recognition and identification (DRI) tasks. Different scenarios can be employed from bright sun to low light or from low contrast, long range imaging scenes to urban settings with a wide dynamic range.

As well as passive imaging assessment, Malvern Optical has extensive experience in active systems such as single photon detection systems, laser scanning devices (e.g. LiDAR) or high power illuminators (up to Class 4). The combination of active and passive technologies is often found integrated on to platform systems which can be readily accommodated within our test facilities.

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Our EO facilities allow us to conduct many other types of R&D and evaluation activities in areas such as light leakage, target tracking, and ranging performance. Complimentary to our research into advanced materials, we are well placed with our EO sensor capability to assess the adherence of systems and platforms to visual, thermal, and acoustic signature requirements (in accordance with standards such as Defence Standard 08-06).

As part of its consultancy and support work, Malvern Optical can provide specialist technical advice to various Defence Customers on systems engineering and verification and validation activities (such as requirements and test methodology development, and marking scheme assessments). This can also take the form of trials planning and execution for R&D and de-risking activities.

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Other Capabilities

We are independent providers in three areas across both electro-optic and electro-magnetic domains: Testing & Evaluation, Research & Development, and Technical Consultancy.


Materials design, formulation and prototyping is a key part of our research.


We are able to provide support to investigate current optical systems and potential new designs.


Our EME facility conducts a large selection of UKAS accredited testing.


We are one of very the few organisations that hold Platform Level TEMPEST accreditation (CPTAS).

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