Product Round-Up: Mil-Spec & Military Connectors

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mil-spec & military connectors

This article focuses on connectors that meet military standards or are suitable for defense applications. These connectors are designed to provide reliable performance in harsh environments and withstand extremes of shock, vibration, temperature, corrosion, EMI (electromagnetic interference) and other such environmental factors.

Military connectors may also be rated to various levels of ingress protection against dust and water, and are often designed to standards laid out by the U.S. military or other organizations.

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Dura Con D-shaped miniature connectors

Dura-Con™ D-shaped Miniature Connectors

Dura-Con™ D-shaped miniature connectors by Cinch Connectivity Solutions are qualified to MIL-DTL-83513. Featuring a distinctive twist pin design, Dura-Con™ mil spec connectors provide 7 points of contact when mated. Designed to provide rugged and highly reliable interconnection for SWaP-constrained applications, the Dura-Con™ range is ideally suited to military unmanned aerospace solutions such as drones, UAVs and RPAS.

  • Qualified (QPL) to MIL-DTL-83513
  • 0.05 inch (1.27 mm) pitch
  • Suited to miniaturized military and aerospace electronics & data processing
TE Connectivity DEUTSCH Wildcat 38999 series of military connectors

DEUTSCH Wildcat 38999 Series Connectors

TE Connectivity’s DEUTSCH Wildcat 38999 series features rugged circular mil-spec connectors based on MIL-DTL-38999 Series 3. Lightweight with a rugged triple-start threaded interface, DEUTSCH 38999 military connectors provide robust, high-reliability coupling and a high level of shock and vibration resistance.

  • Almost double the density of regular MIL-DTL-38999 connectors
  • 4 housing sizes available between 11 and 64 contacts.
  • Fully sealed connectors with rear removable contacts
Fischer LP360 Connectors - military spec

Fischer LP360 Connectors

Fischer’s LP360 connector range, part of the Freedom Series, provides easy and intuitive mating without sacrificing performance or reliability. The lightweight, durable circular connectors reduce cognitive burden and provide easy integration for a wide variety of unmanned vehicle and robotics subsystems. The LP360 series features a range of sizes and body styles and has been qualified to MIL and IEC standards.

  • IP68 sealed to 20m/24 hours
  • Available with 4 to 7 contacts in sizes 08 and 14
  • USB 2.0, Ethernet and rugged Flash drive options
Omnetics Micro 360® Circular Connectors

Omnetics Micro 360® Circular Connectors

Omnetics’ Micro 360® circular connectors are ideal for demanding unmanned systems applications requiring reduced SWaP footprints. Specified to MIL-DTL-83513 and based on Omnetics’ rugged and reliable Flex-Pin contact system, these compact connectors are spaced on 50 mil (1.27mm) centerlines. The wide range of options includes plastic shells, threaded or twist-lock metal shells, break-away designs and triple thread ratcheting circular panel mount connectors.

  • IP68 sealing options available
  • Mated length of less than 12.4 mm
  • Shielded cables
Military spec Nicomatic EMM Micro Connectors

Nicomatic EMM Micro Connectors

Nicomatic’s rugged EMM Micro Connectors have been designed for high reliability in harsh military and aerospace environments, and are ideal for UAVs, UGVs and other robotic platforms with strict size and weight constraints. Engineered to meet MIL-DTL-83513 requirements, the 1.27mm pitch connectors provide a 20% weight reduction compared to standard Micro-D connectors.

  • 4 to 60 signal contacts
  • Wire gauges from 24 to 30
  • Features include reversed contacts, integrated 90° back protection and interchangeable hardware

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact