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Next to the academic teaching and the scientific research, the department of ABAL also offers particular services to the Defence department and third parties. To this purpose we frequently make use of our laboratory, often combined with our numerical simulation capabilities, especially in the fields of external and terminal ballistics. We also regularly organize short courses for third parties in the field of ballistics. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we could be of any assistance.


Other Ministries


- Counsellor and problem solver in the field of weapon systems and ballistics, more particularly concerning ballistic trajectory calculations, ballistic protection and armour for personnel and vehicle applications, and less-lethal weapons and ammunition.

- Performing instrumented ballistic tests in the laboratory, mainly for personal protection applications.

- Attending and following up of different technical NATO working group and their activities.

- Ballistic forensics on weapons and ammunition to the profit of  the Justice Department.

- Counsellor and problem solver for the Department of Internal Affairs, in particular the Belgian police forces. Services include counselling on weapons and ammunition, and performing ballistic tests in the laboratory mainly for personal and vehicle protection applications.

Here our activities are mainly focused on the applications concerning the ballistic protection of personnel (helmets, bullet-resistant vests, ballistic goggles) and vehicles (structural components as windows, doors, armour plates and other parts for cars, trains, subway carriages and airplanes) against the impact of a wide range of projectiles (bullets, rock, hailstones, birds, …).


The department ABAL is a member of different international organizations and contributes actively to the working of these organizations.












Aeroballistics Range Association

Commission Internationale Permanente pour l'Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives

European Association for the Promotion of Research into the Dynamic Behaviour of Materials and its Applications

European Electromagnetic Launch Society

European Pulsed Power Laboratories

International Ballistics Society

International Personal Armour Committee

Lightweight Armour Group

Vereinigung der Prüfstellen für angriffshemmende Materialien und Konstruktionen