Military Grade

What is NATO STANAG?

If you’re searching for military-grade electrical products, you may have stumbled upon the phrase “NATO STANAG.” What is NATO STANAG, exactly? STANAG is an acronym for STANdardization AGreement. There are many different STANdardization AGreements, such as STANAG 4007 or STANAG 4074, that outline the processes for developing electrical equipment (as well as many other types… Read more »

What is CARC Paint?

Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) is a specially developed paint described in MIL-DTL-53072E. It’s used on military vehicles and electrical equipment to help protect against chemical, biological, and radioactive weaponry. CARC paint was designed to be easily cleaned after exposure to chemical and biological weapons, and isn’t damaged by the decontaminating solutions used during this… Read more »

What is an NSN?

If you’ve heard of NATO products, such as slave cables and plugs, you may be wondering, “What is an NSN?” A NATO Stock Number (NSN) is a 13-digit number that’s used to identify a stock-listed standardized Item of Supply (IoS) so it can be recognized easily by NATO countries (and some non-NATO countries), including the… Read more »

What are Ozone-Resistant Materials?

Ozone is a more powerful oxidant than oxygen. Ozone in the ozone layer protects the surface of the Earth from solar UV radiation exposure. Ozone in the troposphere (ground level) is formed when nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds react in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight. In contained areas, ozone can… Read more »

What Does “Military-Grade” Mean?

Nowadays, “military-grade” has become a selling point for many different types of products, from smartphone cases to portable coolers. For many electrical components, such as connectors and receptacles, cable assemblies, and more, whether or not they’re “military-grade” is especially important. When it comes to product development, “MIL-SPEC” means designed to MIL-STD (or military standards). Read… Read more »

What is DFARS Compliance?

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) compliance refers to a series of cybersecurity regulations created by the Department of Defense (DoD) for suppliers and contractors who work externally. The goal behind these standards is to protect classified information and maintain a strong defense against security threats. Below, you’ll find more information on DFARS, how it… Read more »

What’s Special About NATO Power Plugs?

Unlike your average electrical plug, NATO power plugs meet the requirements put forth under a STANdardization AGreement (STANAG). What does this mean? To put it simply, NATO plugs are military-grade and offer the highest possible reliability. Read on to learn more about what makes NATO slave cable plugs special, then shop for the component you… Read more »

What is MIL-PRF?

Standardization is a process used by the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure products are reliable, uniform, interoperable, and cost-efficient. U.S. defense standards, also known as military standards, help make standardization possible. There are different types of standards and specifications, such as MIL-PRF. Read on to learn more about MIL-PRF and how it plays a… Read more »

What is MIL-SPEC?

The U.S. Department of Defense (as well as some non-defense government organizations) uses defense standards to ensure specially built or significantly modified commercial products are dependable, uniform, and compatible with other systems. What is MIL-SPEC? It’s short for “military specification” and refers to documents that outline these very strict technical requirements. When you see a… Read more »