Designed with efficiency and precision, military connectors are created to fit the needs of the military. They can be found in a number of shapes and sizes but their purpose is always the same: to assist our armed forces in a variety of fields such as communication services and electronic warfare. And although most military connectors are designed and developed in the United States (probably not surprising with the emphasis we put in our military), Americans also develop them for use worldwide.
Specifications & Types
Built to military specifications, these connectors carry a military part number to make them easy to identify. Many different types of connectors can be employed for military use, but the most common include circular connectors, PCB connectors, filtered connectors, hermetically sealed connectors, and I/O connectors.
Military connectors are used in many different fields of the armed forces including communication, navigation, radar, airborne and marine guidance control, and electronic warfare. Of course as technology progresses, new military connectors are created to fit the technology. They’ve also changed subtly on their own through the years as designers improve their style and function. Through the years, they have become smaller and lighter, their bandwidth and security have been increased, and their energy consumption has been reduced. This progress has made them even better suited for tough environments. They’re stronger and more durable, able to battle harsh weather conditions and blunt force. Manufacturers address the connectors’ future environmental conditions to be sure they’re strong enough to battle extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, dust, and rain. Like the soldiers they assist, they have to be ready for anything.
To build strong infrastructures, special products are used to make military connectors stronger. For example, fiber optic technology comes in handy with military communications systems because it is immune to noise, can support long distances, offers a large bandwidth, and can be utilized in many applications like voice, video, and data. Plus, fiber optic’s price has been decreasing as more manufacturers produce it.
Ingress Protection (IP) rated designs are also important for the connectors’ durability. They feature extra strain reliefs and screw lock mating, which make for strong and solid connections. Other resources utilized in military connectors include copper ethernet cabling (which picks up interference and conducts it to the ground) and jacket compounds (which can withstand UV rays and resist mechanical abrasions).
Strong, durable, and capable of standing by our armed forces in times of need, military connectors are fit to be soldiers.