Defence and aerospace testing

Vipac’s defence and aerospace testing team is staffed with suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) specialising in the key areas of land, marine, air and space, with security clearances up to NV1. Since 1973 we’ve been improving the operational performance, reliability and availability of military and aviation assets. Vipac is a registered Australian Government research organisation and member of the Defence Industry Security Program. Our testing and certification facilities are NATA (ILAC)-accredited, with MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-901 environmental qualifications and IS0 9001:2015 certification.

Vipac is 100% Australian-owned and a trusted supplier for the defence and aerospace sectors. Our engineers provide extensive and accredited testing services, and ensure compliance from our independent laboratories across Australia.

Our defence and aerospace focuses

While Vipac delivers an extensive range of testing services to our defence and aerospace partners, we focus on these key areas:

  • Marine: hull strength, radiated noise, internal noise, and speech privacy
  • Aircraft: structures, loads development, and simulation test
  • Spacecraft: microsatellites, space instruments, ground station, space payloads, and rockets
  • Others: remote sensors, weapons development, and condition monitoring


Our defence and aerospace services

  • Structural integrity, structural dynamics, and statistical energy analysis
  • Design and systems engineering, and weaponry integration
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Vibration, shock, and isolation solutions (we’re leveraging the Australian Government’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grant to further expand our testing services — with the acquisition and commissioning of a cutting-edge shock-test system capable of testing large payloads at the high severities required by the Australian Defence Force)
  • Noise (occupational, environmental, habitability, airborne or structure sound insulation) predictions, assessment, testing and commissioning
  • Systems engineering, modelling, simulation, and analytical solutions
  • Design and 3D modelling, drafting, interface and integration
  • Test, measurement, data analysis and evaluation
  • Materials testing
  • MIL standard environmental testing, mechanical shock and vibration, as well as high-low temperature and thermal shock testing
  • Asset condition monitoring, diagnostics, HUMS and data acquisition systems
  • Failure, fatigue and fracture analysis, and root cause investigations
  • Thermal and fluid dynamics


Defence and aerospace accreditations and certifications

  • Security clearances up to NV1
  • NATA (ILAC)-accredited testing and certification
  • A2LA-accredited testing and certification
  • DEF(AUST)5000
  • ISO/IEC 9001, 17001, 17025, 14001
  • MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-901, MIL-STD-167
  • DEF-STAN 00-35
  • AS/IEC 60068, 60529
  • BS EN 50125, 50155
  • Australia’s only specialist in ambient environmental testing for marine recognised by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)


Some of our defence and aerospace projects / partners

  • Environmental and electrical testing for Attack Class submarines – Naval Group Australia
  • Noise survey and control for ANZAC Class frigates – Royal Australian Navy
  • Noise survey and control for Collins Class submarines – Australian Submarine Corp
  • Specialist vibration analysis and detailed noise assessment for F/A-18 A/B Hornet and E/F Super Hornet – Royal Australian Air Force
  • Seahawk natural frequency testing and shear pin testing on hawk flight simulator – BAE Systems
  • Joint Strike Fighter / F35A – Lockheed Martin


Other services from Vipac that are related to defence and aerospace testing: