Connectors • Military Specification Connectors
Military connectors (MIL-SPEC) are shell-type connectors that are built according to military specifications, taking into account the need for protection from harsh environments. Specifications include number of contacts, contact type, shell size, shell style or gender, coupling size, contact size (AWG), and contact termination options. The most common shell sizes are available in 0.0625” increments, starting at size 8 (0.5”) and ending at size 36 (2.25”). A list of MIL-SPEC connectors includes MIL-C-5015, MIL-C-26482, MIL-C-81703, MIL-C-22992, MIL-C-27599, MIL-C-26500, MIL-C-38999, MIL-C-28840, MIL-C-81511, MIL-C-81582, MIL-C-83723, 40M39569, AND 40M38277. Leading manufacturers: Amphenol, ITT Cannon, Union Guide, Electro Enterprises, Mouser Electronics and March Electronics.
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Amphenol NEXUS Technologies manufactures many types of military connectors. Miniature connectors include front and rear panel mount waterproof jacks; waterproof plugs and jacks with strain relief, solder terminals, and locking rings; and shielded miniature waterproof plugs and jacks. The company also offers telephone plugs, biaxial shielded telephone plugs, telephone jacks, threaded telephone jacks, single shielded jacks, biaxial shielded telephone jacks, and Mil-C-55116 audio plugs with five or six conductors. Microphone plugs (two jack contacts and one pin contact, or barbed solder contact pin), microphone jacks (two jack contacts and one pin contact), barbed solder contact socket (for use with MC-121 and MC-221), and watertight regular and breakaway jacks and plugs are also available.
STRAN Technologies offers several military connectors. The MIL-PRF-28876 military shipboard fiber optic connectors provide multi-channel interconnects for 2, 4, 6, 8, 18, and 31 contacts (termini) in a single circular shell; the Fiber Optic Termini has qualified its optical termini to the multimode requirements of MIL-PRF29504/14 and MIL-PRF2904/15; and the simplex connectors and adaptors, available in both multimode and singlemode, comply with MIL-PRF853522/16-DNX and MIL-PRF-83522/16-DNY specifications.