This presentation will describe some typical ammunition and missile objects that are exposed to status and shelf life tests and modern test methods. An ageing-sensitive and potentially unstable part in ammunition is the nitrocellulose propellant charge. Pyrotechnical components like igniters and tracers are the most probable life-limiting components. A typical ageing sensitive component in rocket motors is the solid composite propellant made of CTPB or HTPB; with ammonium perchlorate as oxidiser. During ageing mechanical properties will deteriorate and cause unstable burning with possibly hazardous consequences. Many frequently used materials such as plastics; rubbers; adhesives; etc.; tend to be very ageing-sensitive when exposed to explosives.