Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) describes the ability of electronic equipment to operate properly in an electromagnetic environment without causing electromagnetic interference themselves. EMC covers two important areas:

  • the source of electromagnetic interference
  • the satisfactory function in its electromagnetic environment.

Causes of interference can include, for example, switching operations, unwanted feedback, thermal overload, technical defects such as short circuits or cable breaks, or software errors. A typical feature of electromagnetic interference is that it acts on equipment from the outside. Another characteristic is that such disturbances do not necessarily occur continuously or reproducibly. This is a reason for sometimes complex EMC tests. The “satisfactory function” of equipment is very much related to the concept of quality. It is part of the manufacturer's assurance of a defined functionality of a product. This defined functionality must be guaranteed. EMC is therefore a topic of Quality Management and Functional Safety of a product.


MBDA carries out measurements during development - EMC pre-compliance tests - and thus increases the maturity level of test objects and products. In the context of the CE Declaration of Conformity, MBDA carries out the required EMC tests itself for in-house developments and special equipment.
MBDA also offers EMC consulting and measurement services to customers.


Data on the MBDA EMC measurement chamber
Frequency range
10 Hz to 18 GHz
Chamber Size
4,880 mm x 4,880 mm x 3,300 mm (L x W x H)
Shielded chamber
(free accessible space)
4,800 mm x 3,758 mm x 2,300 mm (L x W x H)
Turntable Diameter/ Range
1,500 mm / ±200° with 2 rpm
Max. DUT size/weight
1,500 mm x 1,500 mm x 2,420 mm / 500 kg
Max. DUT power intake
32 A @ 400 VAC / 50 Hz
16 A @ 230 VAC / 50 Hz
10 A @ 0 - 250 VDC
Magnetic shielding according to
EN 50147‑1
-80 dB @ f ≤ 10 kHz
-100 dB @ f ≤ 1 MHz
TEM shielding according to
EN 50147‑1
-120 dB to -80 dB @ 100 MHz ≤ f ≤ 18 GHz (linear decrease)
Maximum deviation according to
CISPR 16‑1‑4
±6 dB @ 30 MHz ≤ f ≤ 200 MHz
±4 dB @ 200 MHz ≤ f ≤ 1GHz


Bernhard Kipfelsberger
Research & Technology
Hagenauer Forst 27, 86529 Schrobenhausen, GERMANY

Phone: +49 8252 99 8638
E-Mail: bernhard.kipfelsberger@mbda-systems.de