The aerospace and defense industry relies on high-performance, zero-failure components and assemblies that operators can rely on in extreme environments. Manufacturers who supply these industries need to prioritize performance and safety above all else to ensure that each mission is successful. At Daisy Data Displays, we provide high-quality Military shipboard, airborne, and ground control computers and electronic equipment that you can rely on. Each of our products is built to meet or exceed strict Military specifications and industry standards.
Military operations across all branches rely on military rated rugged technology to ensure the performance and safety of mission critical operations, data and applications. These rugged military computers, x-terminals and displays are integrated in military vessels, vehicles and command centers to maintain reliable and consistent communication, data collection and storage, monitoring, technology control and surveillance.
The military requires rugged technology that possesses durability, longevity and processing power in a compact design configurable for remote military applications. There is a growing demand for military technology solutions that are optimized for low size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C).
Aerospace and Defense Products
Defense products have strict specifications and performance requirements that outweigh those for commercial and industrial products. Some of the key features aerospace and defense products need to have include:
- Durability. Aerospace and defense products must be able to withstand impact damage, jostling from movement and relocation, and more. They also need to have a long lifespan without finicky maintenance and replacement demands.
- Processing Power. Military and aerospace electronics need to have the hardware to perform increasingly complex tasks and handle rapidly expanding software and file size requirements.
- Proper Lighting Settings and Visibility. Aerospace and defense equipment must be readable in sunlight and with night vision glasses, as well as have low or limited light emissions to ensure stealth.
- Protection From Interference. The assemblies need to be constructed with shielding elements that defend against electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI).
- Resistance to Environmental Damage. Along with being resistant to impact damage from jostling, travel, and drops, the electronics must be able to resist damage from shocks and harsh weather conditions.
- MOPP Compliance. Products must comply with standards for protective Military gear and must be easy to operate with gloved hands.
Applications of Defense Products
Some of the most common applications of electronic assemblies for defense products include:
- Information management and security
- Manned and unmanned vehicle control
- Supply chain and logistics automation
- Training and simulations
- Integrated and remote solutions
- Weapons control
- Shipboard mechanical and industrial systems
- Rugged server interfaces
Military rated technology is heavily utilized across marine and naval applications, including complex surface ships, submarines, torpedoes, radars, and command and combat systems. Military rated computers play critical role in advancing vessel and mission critical operations and data monitoring in real-time. In fact, x-terminals rated for shipboard applications are relied upon for weapon control.
Integrated military technology systems for naval systems are unique in that they must be designed to meet the extensive operating and maintenance schedules of naval vessels, including ships and submarines.
Aircraft and mission control centers rely on high resolution, integrated military grade technology with easy-to-use touchscreen graphical user interface. High resolution military rated displays allow operators to view and control instrumentation and monitoring software during missions that experience difficult weather conditions, including changes in lighting conditions, weather, environment, speed and altitude.
This type of mil-spec technology is relied upon to enhance mission critical objectives, typically use on airplanes, as well as helicopters. Pilots require state of the art military displays for enhanced viewing capabilities, such as unencumbered viewing ability of the military grade screen as the aircraft transitions from day to night vision.
Aircraft also require military technology for improved communication between aircraft, ground operations and/or naval vessels at extended ranges over 100 nautical miles. Military specific computers and displays allow for increased operational reliability over long distances, critical for conducting surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and recovery missions, as well as long-range search and rescues, homeland security patrols, and logistics.
Flexible and reliable control of tactical field operations is of the utmost importance to the military. Military rated computers allow for both integrated and remote solutions for weapon control and reconnaissance operations, with transportable solutions as well for tactical operations.
Rugged Military Computers
Rugged Military computers are built to withstand the unique physical and environmental requirements of the aerospace and defense industry. Reliable rugged Military computers allow modern militaries to constantly be connected to communication and operations management technologies while also having the power and intelligence to meet increasingly diverse use cases. The technology must be ruggedized enough to withstand data loss events, bad weather, physical impact and vibration, shocks, and more. At the same time, the technology has to be easy to access and use while in Military gear and in the middle of operations.
Applications of Rugged Military Computers
Some of the most common use cases for rugged Military computers include:
- Aircraft control
- In-field or in-vehicle computing
- Mission control
- Mission-critical operations
- Vehicle control
- Munitions control
Features of Rugged Military Computers
To ensure military computers are durable, powerful and reliable enough to support mission critical operations, the Department of Defense publishes the Mil-Spec, a document that outlines the technical specifications and requirements for military-use rugged technology. The rugged technology must be tested and pass the military standards (mil-std) or military specifications (mil-spec) to qualify it for military acquisition and integration. These military standards are reflective of the common and rugged environmental conditions that may occur during military operations, thus the military rated technology must endure to perform effectively in any military application on land, sea or in air.
The design and manufacturing of ruggedized military technology requires very durable components and hardware. With custom solutions, costs and lead times can get expensive and long. To accommodate for this, the military prioritizes acquiring military rated technology with a COTS design (commercial off the shelf). This category of rugged technology is fairly standardized in its design, configurable to meet mission specifications and needs. A COTS design offers an innovative, yet standardized and cost-effective solution that does not require much additional modification. Should a more custom solution be necessary, there are also military computers that have a modified COTS design that integrates customized features into the standardized system expected from a COTS design.
Military technology with a COTS design or modified COTS design pass the same military testing procedures as outlined above. The more common military specifications and testing requirements are listed below:
MIL-S-901D (Shock 901D) outlines parameters for high impact mechanical shock for shipboard equipment. Grade A addresses technology that is essential to the safety and continued combat of the vessel. Grade B addresses technology that is not essential, but could become a hazard if exposed to shock.
MIL-STD-167-1A outlines parameters for environmental vibration testing of shipboard equipment. It is complimentary to MIL-S-901D and together, they further demonstrate shipboard equipment survivability and durability.
EMI MIL Standard 461 & 462 outlines testing of technology for electromagnetic capability.
The MIL-STD 810F outlines the design specifications for rugged technology to withstand intense shock, vibration and extreme temperature fluctuations to ensure performance and durability.
Standards and Certifications for Aerospace and Defense
Aerospace and defense products need to meet a range of Military, or MIL-SPEC, standards for performance, durability, reliability, longevity, and more. These standards are used by the U.S. Military to assess equipment eligibility. The MIL-SPEC standards we meet include:
- MIL-S-901D (Shock 901D). This standard regulates shipboard equipment that needs to handle high-impact mechanical shock.
- MIL-STD-167-1A. This standard establishes the testing requirements for shipboard equipment against environmental vibration damage.
- EMI MIL Standard 461 & 462. This standard sets the criteria for evaluating the electromagnetic capabilities of technology products.
- MIL-STD 810F. This sets the requirements for resisting temperature fluctuations, shock, and vibrations for rugged products.
- NEMA 4X. This standard establishes ratings for electrical enclosures’ ability to resist chemical damage, corrosion, and more.
Rugged Military Computers at Daisy Data Displays
At Daisy Data Displays, we specialize in creating innovative rugged computers/PCs, industrial monitors, purge controls, workstations, keyboards, and accessories that deliver long-lasting performance in aerospace and defense applications. Our company is audited by the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) every year to ensure that we can deliver products on time, at the projected cost, and in compliance with Military standards. Daisy is also compliant with NIST-800 cybersecurity requirements. Daisy has been an industry leader for decades – we are proud to say that there are currently thousands of active units across various Military programs.