Military Specifications

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Military Avionics / Electronics Standards and Handbooks

MIL-HDBK-454 - General Guidelines for Electronic Equipment

MIL-STD-1378 - Requirements for Employing Standard Electronic Modules

MIL-HDBK-1760 - Aircraft/Store Electrical Interconnection System

MIL-STD-1788A - Avionics Interface Design

MIL-HDBK-1553A - Multiplex Applications Handbook

MIL-STD-2204 - Survivable Adaptable Fiber Optic Embedded Network (SAFENET)

MIL-HDBK-299 [SH] - Cable Comparison Handbook; Data Pertaining to Electrical Shipboard Cable

MIL-STD-686C - Cable and Cord, Electrical, Identification, Marking and Color Coding of

MIL-HDBK-87244 - Avionics/Electronics Integrity; Military Handbook

MIL_PRF_85726; Enclosure, Standard Avionics, Forced Air-Cooled

MIL_PRF_85725;.....Rack, Integrated Avionics, Forced Air-Cooled [General Specification]

ASSC/110/5/2 - Operation of MIL-STD-1553B Data Bus at Enhanced Data Rates Bulletin Part 2

ASSC/120/2/23 - Guide to Avionics Data Buses

ASSC/215/4/21 - Guide to the Impact of Modular Avionics on EMC Design and Test Philosophy

ASSC/120/2/81 - Guide to Avionic Fibre Optic System Design

ASSC/120/2/77 - Guide to High Speed Interface Standards

ASSC/130/2/97 - Guide to Avionic Video Systems

MIL-STD-1553 / MIL-STD-1773 / STANAG 3910 data buses {Bus Design/MIL-STD-1553; This Web Site}

Other Avionics buses {Bus Design/Other Buses/Avionics buses}





Military Electro-static / Grounding Standards and Handbooks

MIL-HDBK-263B - Electrostatic Discharge Control Handbook for Protection of Electrical and Electronic Parts...

MIL-PRF-87893 - Performance Specification Workstation, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control

MIL-HDBK-419 - Grounding, Bonding and Shielding for Electronic Equipments and Facilities

MIL-STD-461E - Requirements for The Control of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics

MIL-STD-462D - Measurement of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipment

MIL-STD-464 - Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Requirements For Systems

MIL-HDBK-817 - System Development Radiation Hardness Assurance

MIL-HDBK-1857 - Grounding, Bonding and Shielding Design Practices

For reference refer to the Dictionary of ESD terms.



Military Identification / Marking Standards and Handbooks

MIL-STD-130 - Identification Marking Of US Property

MIL-HDBK-1223 - Nontactical Wheeled Vehicles Treatment, Painting, Identification Marking and Data Plate

MIL-HDBK-13231 - Marking of Electronic Items

MIL-STD-686 - Cable and Cord, Electrical, Identification, Marking and Color Coding of

For reference refer to the Colors used with copper wire insulation.
Also refer to the Colors used with fiber insulation.



Military Drawings Standards and Handbooks

MIL-HDBK-245D - Preparation of Statement of Work (SOW)

MIL-STD-961D - Standard Practice For Defense Specifications

MIL-HDBK-62: - Documentation of Digital Electronic Systems with VHDL

MIL-HDBK-682 - Tolerancing, Dimensioning, and Gaging Techniques for the Design of Inspection Equipment

DOE-HDBK-1016 Volume 1 - Engineering Symbology, Prints, and Drawings; DOE Fundamentals Handbook

DOE-HDBK-1016 Volume 2 - Engineering Symbology, Prints, and Drawings; DOE Fundamentals Handbook

MIL-STD-100: - Standard Practice for Engineering Drawings; MIL-STD-100 Status



Military Climatic / Reliability Standards and Handbooks

MIL-HDBK-310 - Global Climatic Data For Developing Military Products
- MIL-HDBK-310 divides the world into 5 regional types of climate: Basic, Hot, Cold, Severe Cold, and Coastal/Ocean. Regional climatic data is provided as minimum and maximum temperatures with elevation and at altitude. The frequency of occurrence for wind and min/max temperatures is also given. Global Climate Map

MIL-STD-2218 - Thermal Design, Analysis and Test Criteria for Airborne Electronic Equipment





MIL-HDBK-217F - Reliability Prediction of Electronic Equipment [Out-Dated]

MIL-HDBK-217 Notice 2 - Reliability Prediction of Electronic Equipment [MTBF, Use Environments]

MIL-HDBK-251 - Reliability / design Thermal Applications

MIL-STD-1389 - Design Requirements for Standard Electronic Modules



Military Safety Standards and Handbooks

DOE-HDBK-1092-98 - Electrical Safety; DOE Handbook

ECMA-287 - Safety of Electronic Equipment

MIL-HDBK-1908 - Definitions of Human Factors Terms

MIL-STD-882 - Standard Practice for System Safety



Military Testing Standards

MIL-STD-1344 - Test Method for Electrical Connectors

MIL-STD-901D Shock Tests H.I {High Impact} Shipboard Machinery, Equipment, and System Requirements for

MIL-STD-810F - Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Test

MIL-STD-810 - Method 503.4-3 Test Method Standard for

MIL-STD-810 - Method 511.4-3 Test Method Standard for

MIL-STD-810 - Method 514.5C-15 Test Method Standard for

MIL-STD-810 - Method 522 Test Method Standard for

ASSC/215/4/21 - Guide to the Impact of Modular Avionics on EMC Design and Test Philosophy





This page provides a list of many of the important military standards specifications and handbooks. The actual documents may not be accessed from this page because of bandwidth issues. Military Specifications may be down loaded from Stinet or many other sources. In addition some of the titles may have been re-ordered to make more sense, instead of declaring everything in reverse which is standard practice for a DOD document. In many cases some of these documents are referenced on some other page on the site.

Beginning in the 1980's the government in general and the Department of Defense in particular began to reduce their reliance of specifications written by and for the military. Over the years many government documents have been removed from service. So any document listed here could be removed and withdrawn with out a replacement. In fact, some may have already been withdrawn. In most cases the document revision level has been omitted from the standards number. The revision level [a letter directly after the specification number] could change at any time, and it serves no purpose to define the revision level unless designing to or requiring a specific document date. However you would want to declare which revision of a document you are using to design to, but the version level serves no purpose on this page [because it might change at any time].

However some well used documents have been at the same revision level for many years. Vendors requiring device shock testing will use the revision level of MIL-STD-901D, and in fact will advertise products by claiming conformance to 901D.

So be careful any time you reference a military standard, or design a system to a military standard. You have to determine if you need to work off the revision provided, or the latest revision of the document, if there is one. Normally if a standard is withdrawn, no one should be referencing the standard at all, but some people don't check. That is, a design specification may call out a particular military standard or document, but only because the reference is a copy and paste from a previous specification. Once a military standard is withdrawn, no one should be making reference to it; but again, many people don't check. The basic premise is that once an organization withdraws a standards document from service, or circulation, than the document is no longer valid, because it becomes uncontrolled.


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