MIL Spec WireMilitary specifications have come into some questioning over the last decade or so. Producers and consumers of various products that require military specifications wonder if they are really necessary. Through it all, military specifications have remained steadily in place and MIL-Spec wire continues to be a sought after wire product.
"MIL" is the abbreviation for military specifications for wire. "MIL-Spec" is used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense. Hence, MIL-Spec wire is built in accordance with military specifications.
MIL-Spec wire and cable are suitable for demanding military electronic applications. Military wire may be used in high frequency electronic applications where high temperatures will probably be encountered. Military wire is specially designed for the harshest environments.
Because it is designed for extreme conditions, MIL-Spec wire can be used for an array of purposes.Some applications include: shielding and protective covering, airframe wire, point-to-point wiring, antennas, bus-bar, ground wire, and bonding moving parts. MIL-Spec wire works well in applications requiring high-reliability where physical and environmental demands exist. However, depending on the military specification, individual MIL-Spec wires will have certain applications for which they work best.
MIL-Spec wire is available in numerous styles, sizes, and conductors. Some types of military wire include 10603 Hook Up Wire, Braid Tinned Copper Wire, MIL-C-13486 Wire, MIL-W-5086 Wire, MIL-C-3432 Wire, MIL-W-16878, MIL-W-16878D Shielded PTFE Cables, MIL-C-27500, MIL-C-17 Coaxial Cable, MIL-W-22759 Wire and many more. Types vary in specific configuration and uses to meet the requirements intended by the consumer. For example, MIL-Spec wiring coated with PTFE has excellent, stable electrical characteristics with low power loss.
In the realm of MIL-Spec wiring, MIL-Spec connectors also play a part. Like MIL-Spec wires, connectors are designed to military specifications and are intended for military and aerospace applications. They can be used for an array of purposes depending on the military specification.
Many organizations and standards play a role in military wire and military specifications. Two major contributors zare NEMA and the QPL. NEMA develops technical standards and shapes public policy, where the QPL identifies materials and suppliers who are approved for use on certain federal or government projects.