Six Things to Consider When Specifying Electrical Connectors for the Mil-Aero Market
Harsh-environment military and aerospace electronics applications require specialized interconnect solutions. The interconnect solutions for these applications not only have to withstand extreme environmental conditions, such as extreme operating temperatures, high vibration, high pressure, and exposure to water or dust but must also correspond to the high level of technical performance demanded by the final applications. To attain these performance levels, specifying engineers need to take many things into consideration, especially: materials, technology and design, customization, the method of integration, and the products’ use.
The military and aerospace markets encompass a wide variety of different applications, including radar, cameras, vehicular electronics, avionics, embedded systems, UAVs, and many others. Despite their differences, connectivity is at the core of all of the applications within these markets and ensures both peak performance and reliable data transmission. As such, all of these applications require very high-performance and high-reliability components built to military or aeronautics standards, such as MIL-DTL-55302, MIL-DTL-83513, and EN 4165. The uniqueness of these varied applications can make connectivity choices very difficult for the engineers tasked with implementing them in different electronic systems and ensuring that they’re adapted to many criteria at the same time. Military and aeronautics standards like these help interconnect solutions providers offer standard, tailored, or custom solutions ideally adapted to each customer’s unique needs.
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