MIL-STD-461 Testing

MIL-STD-461 Testing

MIL-STD-461 provides the requirements for the control of electromagnetic interference (EMI) emissions and susceptibility characteristics of electronic, electrical, and electromechanical equipment and subsystems designed or procured for use by activities and agencies of the Department of Defense (DoD).

This standard is best suited for bench top mounted or free standing equipment, with a power input current draw of less than 200 amps. It is not commonly applied to items such as components and independent modules located inside electronic enclosures, nor entire platforms such as an aircraft or submarines. However, the principles employed here may be useful as a basis for developing suitable requirements for any application. NTS has performed in house laboratory testing on equipment in excess of 22 feet in length weighing up to 10 tons. Additionally, NTS routinely performs on site testing (in situ) for equipment too large or complex to transport.

MIL-STD-461 has been an active document since 1967 and has undergone several major revisions over the years. These changes where largely based on observed changes in a platform’s Electromagnetic Environment (EME) caused by the rapidly increasing use of electronics and advancements in technology. Interestingly enough, legacy programs and retrofit activities may still refer to earlier versions of this document in order to ensure that there has been no impact since the original compliance report.

MIL-STD-461 Revision Requirements

NTS is considered the nation’s leader in MIL-STD-461 testing, and is fully equipped and capable to perform testing to all revisions of this standard (MIL-STD-461 A – G). The most common requirements from revisions E & F are shown below, the MIL-STD-461G version was released in December 2015.  NTS is also able to perform testing to the previous revisions of the standard, click here to review information about revisions A – D.

Test NameTest DescriptionApplicable Revision
CE101Conducted Emissions, Power Leads,30 Hz to 10 kHzE & F
CE102Conducted Emissions, Power Leads,10 kHz to 10 MHzE & F
CE106Conducted Emissions, Antenna Terminal,10 kHz to 40 GHzE & F
CS101Conducted Susceptibility, Power Leads,30 Hz to 150 kHz(limited to 100 amps)E & F
CS103Conducted Susceptibility, Antenna Port, Intermodulation, 15 kHz to10 GHzE & F
CS104Conducted Susceptibility, Antenna Port, Rejection of Undesired Signals, 30 Hz to 20 GHzE & F
CS105Conducted Susceptibility, Antenna Port,Cross-Modulation, 30 Hz to 20 GHzE & F
CS106Conducted Susceptibility, Transients,Power LeadsF only
CS109Conducted Susceptibility, Structure Current,60 Hz to 100 kHzE & F
CS114Conducted Susceptibility, Bulk Cable Injection, 10 kHz to 200 MHzUp to curve 5 including 4 kHz – 1 MHz common mode requirements for ships & subs.E & F
CS115Conducted Susceptibility, Bulk Cable Injection, Impulse ExcitationE & F
CS116Conducted Susceptibility, Damped Sinusoidal Transients, Cables and Power Leads,10 kHz to 100 MHzE & F
CS117Lightning Induced Transients, Cables and Power LeadsG
CS118Conducted Susceptibility, Personnel Borne Electrostatic DischargeG
RE101Radiated Emissions, Magnetic Field,30 Hz to 100 kHzE & F
RE102Radiated Emissions, Electric Field,10 kHz to 18 GHzE & F
RE103Radiated Emissions, Antenna Spurious and Harmonic Outputs,10 kHz to 40 GHzE & F
RS101Radiated Susceptibility, Magnetic Field,30 Hz to 100 kHzE & F
RS103Radiated Susceptibility, Electric Field,2 MHz to 40 GHz(up to 200 V/M)E & F
RS105Radiated Susceptibility,Transient Electromagnetic Field(up to 0.75s)E & F

MIL-STD-461 Engineering Services

NTS offers a number of on-site and off-site EMI/EMC engineering services:

  • Training courses– Ranging from a basic overview of the MIL-STD-461 qualification requirements, to the latest product design methodologies used to meet these requirements.
  • Product design review and EMI troubleshooting
  • EMI Test Procedure development

The EMI Test procedure (EMITP) is one of the most important elements of a MIL-STD-461 qualification program. The test procedure control requirements are defined under DI-EMCS-80201C. It intended to organize the test methodologies used, define the test limits and levels, and explain how the equipment under test (EUT) will be operated, oriented, and electrically grounded during each test. It also provides a means to explain any tailoring activities or deviations from the MIL-STD-461 standard requirements (as needed) in order to achieve agency approval prior to testing. NTS is experienced working with product manufacturers to develop formal MIL-STD-461 test procedures, and will assist you throughout the approval process.

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