In this paper the first results of the mechanical characterization in tension of two high strength alloys in a wide range of strain rates are presented. Different experimental techniques were used for different strain rates: a universal machine, a Hydro-Pneumatic Machine and a JRC-Split Hopkinson Tensile Bar. The experimental research was developed in the DynaMat laboratory of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. An increase of the stress at a given strain increasing the strain-rate from 10-3 to 103 s-1, a moderate strain-rate sensitivity of the uniform and fracture strain, a poor reduction of the cross-sectional area at fracture with increasing the strain-rate were shown. Based on these experimental results the parameters required by the Johnson-Cook constitutive law were determined.