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MIL‑STD‑464 is the DoD’s top-level E3 requirement set for the procurement of complete or modified systems.

Regarding this standard, systems means an integrated platform of one type or another, such as a ground or air vehicle, a ship or submarine, a spacecraft, or launch vehicle. Additionally, some systems can be parts of other systems, such as an F-18 fighter aircraft that operates from an aircraft carrier.

MIL-STD-464 requires that verification address all life cycle aspects of the system, including (as applicable) normal in-service operation, checkout, storage, transportation, handling, packaging, loading, unloading, launch, and the normal operating procedures associated with each aspect.

MIL-STD 464 is important because failure to conduct E3 testing can adversely affect the operational effectiveness of military forces, equipment, systems, and platforms.

Additionally, today’s complex military operational environment is characterized by an increasingly congested electromagnetic spectrum coupled with a reduction of spectrum allocated for exclusive military use.

MIL STD 464 requires that the system be electromagnetically compatible among all subsystems and equipment within the system and with environments caused by electromagnetic effects external to the system.

Verification must be accomplished on production representative systems. Safety critical functions must be verified to be electromagnetically compatible within the system and with external environments before use in those environments.

The mix of DoD-developed and Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS) electronic equipment increases the importance of effectively managing E3 and spectrum usage in the battlespace.

It’s generally agreed that it is the responsibility of the program manager to ensure, and the responsibility of the Developmental and Operational Test Agencies to validate, the readiness of systems to be fielded into this environment.

Historically, failure to verify equipment/platform electromagnetic compatibility in the item’s intended operational electromagnetic environment has caused costly program delays and adversely affected operational safety, suitability, and effectiveness.

Overview of MIL-STD-464 Cours by Tonex, Electromagnetic Environmental Effects, Requirements for Systems

Overview of MIL-STD-464 training, Electromagnetic Environmental Effects, Requirements for Systems, is a 2-day training course that covers electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) interface requirements and verification criteria for airborne, sea, space, and ground systems, including associated ordnance.

Participants will learn about EMP threats from a DoD perspective as described in MIL-STD-464C. All aspects of electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) interface requirements and verification criteria for airborne, sea, space, and ground systems, including associated ordnance are covered. Details of traditional EMI/EMC aspects are also covered such as electronic noise emissions and self-generated RF transmissions. Analysis of threat environments generated externally to the system are also discussed such as electromagnetic pulse (EMP), high-power microwave (HPM), and ultra-wideband (UWB).


MIL-STD-464 Training

Learn the impact of the entire electromagnetic environment (EME) on military systems, or what is referred to as electromagnetic environmental effects (aka E3).

MIL-STD-464C requires that a system “shall meet its operation performance after being subjected to the EMP environment.” The actual HEMP environment is classified and defined in MIL-STD-2169 including high-altitude nuclear explosions and low-altitude nuclear explosions.

The HEMP environment is defined in three parts: E1, E2, and E3. E1 is known as the “prompt gamma HEMP” and is the fastest portion of the pulse which couples into antennas, conducting lines, and electronic equipment. E2 is known as both the “scattered gamma” (E2a) and “neutron inelastic gamma” (E2b) HEMP waveforms. These are considerably slower pulses that couple into long power lines and VLF antennas.  E3 is the magnetohydrodynamic HEMP and is nearly a DC field capable of coupling into long power lines and penetrating most shielding.

A test engineer or manager would utilize MIL-STD-464C for guidance on the requirement rationale, but depending on the equipment or system under test, would look to several derivative standards for additional performance and testing requirements. A listing of these standards and their applicability is listed below with greater detail in subsequent blog posts.

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Topics Include:

MIL-STD-464C Definitions and Key Concepts

  • Overview of Electromagnetic environmental effects (E3)
  • Lightning direct and indirect effects
  • Safety critical
  • 3Shielded area
  • Systems and Subsystem
  • System operational performance

MIL-STD-464C General Requirements

  • Margins
  • Intra-system electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • External RF EME
  • High-power microwave (HPM) sources
  • Lightning
  • Electromagnetic pulse (EMP)
  • Subsystems and equipment electromagnetic interference (EMI)
  • Electrostatic charge control
  • Electromagnetic radiation hazards (EMRADHAZ)
  • Life cycle, E3 hardness
  • External grounds
  • EM spectrum supportability
  • Electrostatic charge control
  • Electromagnetic radiation hazards (EMRADHAZ)
  • System radiated emissions
  • Emission control (EMCON)
  • Inter-system EMC
  • EM spectrum compatibility
  • Unclassified free-field EMP time-domain environment (IEC 61000-2-9)
  • Unclassified free-field EMP frequency domain environment (IEC 61000-2-9)
  • Unclassified nominal HEMP composite environment (E1, E2, and E3)

Overview of Related Standards

  • MIL-STD-461G: Test RS-105 testing of sub-systems to the unclassified E1 waveform
  • MIL-STD-188-125 pulse current injection (PCI) testing of fixed (MIL-STD-188-125-1) and mobile (MIL-STD-188-125-2) platforms to a separate, slower version of the E1 pulse.
  • MIL-STD-3023 HEMP protection for Aircraft
  • MIL-STD-4023 HEMP protection Ships
  • MIL-STD-2169 Classified HEMP testing environment for systems
  • MIL-STD-331 Fuze and Fuze Components, Environmental and
    Performance Tests
  • MIL-STD-461 Requirements for the Control of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipment
  • DOD-STD-1399-70-1 Interface Standard for Shipboard Systems Section 070 – Part 1 DC Magnetic Field Environment (Metric)
  • MIL-STD-1605(SH) Procedures for Conducting a Shipboard Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Survey (Surface Ships)
  • MIL-STD-2169 High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse Environment (U)

Overview of MIL-STD-464 training

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