Malvern Optical has extensive capabilities in electromagnetic environment testing, having applied this to many prototype and in-service systems and platforms over many years. Our main focus is platform level testing with complex radio fits; we regularly assess platforms fitted with multiple HF, VHF, UHF and other specialist antennas. Testing covers electromagnetic compatibility (to Defence Standard 59-411 or Mil. Standard 461), non-ionising radiation hazard testing (personnel, ordnance, and fuels to JSP392, Leaflet 35), and power quality (to Defence Standard 61-005).
Malvern Optical has broad experience in evaluating the performance of RF platform systems across various applications, covering a frequency range of 10 kHz to 26 GHz. Our experience includes assessing and providing solutions to vital design criticalities, such as optimal placement of multiple antenna installations and effective bonding. In addition to chamber and hangar facilities, the outdoor test range enables us to assess dynamic radio performance of vehicles on the move.
Our experienced team of engineers can provide EM platform design services, having previously worked on many dismounted, vehicle and fixed-installation programmes. Malvern Optical has assisted with the development of the UK combat net radio (BOWMAN) and its transition to the newer MORPHEUS system, undertaking multiple projects on radio design, installation, and testing.
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.