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Managed from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is the nations’s largest and oldest government agency. VentureOutsource.com offers a free service to help you find quality military and defense contract electronics providers. Call us at (888) 860-1193 and ask to speak with a Provider Advisor. Already have experience with providers? Add your review. Want to choose from more criteria to find military and defense services best suited for your needs? You can also tailor your search with more detail.

Understanding military and defense electronics services

The military and defense electronics sector is a major market for many electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers. Defense is constantly developing and adapting to new technologies and so requires rapid design and product services to meet critical technology demands. Whether you work in research and product development, supplier management, vendor contract negotiations, infrastructure, weapons or other aspects of the defense industry, you need to be able to find EMS providers who can meet your needs.

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Defense v. aerospace
One confusion that can arise is thinking aerospace EMS providers are the same as those for defense. After all, planes are a main component of defense and components must be tested to a high level. While all planes need to have excellent quality components, the aerospace industry is primarily focused on the private sector. While there is strong overlap, they are not identical.

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Military aircraft have different quality standards, even higher than those of commercial planes. The two sectors are tied to very different parts of the economy and have different product and component life cycles. Even in aircraft, there’s a difference between civilian and military use.

Additionally, the defense sector is much broader than aerospace. Logistics, human capital management, communications and many other aspects of operational defense require a wide variety of standards, quality and more. While some electronics providers have business in both civilian and defense sectors, they have very different divisions to handle the specific needs of each end market. Here’s a reference piece on military and defense contract electronics trends.

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QUALITY CERTIFICATIONS IN MILITARY & DEFENSE ELECTRONICS

Standards for components and materials, facilities and engineering / manufacturing processes must be in place when working with the DoD to deliver the quality, supply chain traceability and support a culture of operational readiness required by the Pentagon.

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Below are some military and defense quality standard certifications to look for when sourcing electronics services for this vital end market:

  • Military quality certification MIL-PRF-55110 is a performance-based spec “Printed Wiring Board, General Specification For” outlining performance requirements for rigid single-sided and double-sided and multi-layered printed circuit boards (PCB). Look for providers with this quality standard when supplying to the Department of Defense. (MIL-PRF-55110 supersedes mil spec MIL-PRF-31032)
  • ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation) is part of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act governed by the State Department. ITAR registered electronics services providers are governed for defense exports. Every manufacturing company, those who export, plus brokers of military / defense items, related to services and technical information as defined on the U.S. Munitions List are required to be ITAR registered. ITAR registration must be renewed each year.
  • MIL-PRF-38535 certification standard is based against “Performance Specification Integrated Circuits (Microcircuits) Manufacturing, General Specification For”. This quality standard  outlines minimum acceptable requirements levels for integrated circuits or microcircuits. MIL-PRF-38535 also governs requirements for maintaining quality assurance.
  • MIL-PRF-38534 is a certification based on a military performance specification titled “Performance Specification Hybrid Microcircuits, General Specification for”. This standard outlines the minimum (mandatory) specs manufacturers need to support government microcircuit applications and distribution / logistics programs. Multi-chip modules, hybrid circuits and similar devices are covered and allows for provider interpretation of good manufacturing processes provided end product still meets military performance needs. Wide in scope, this spec covers various levels of QA broken down by class K, H, G, D, E, L and F. These each related to a level of ‘reliability’ for the end product.

HOW TO FIND MILITARY & DEFENSE ELECTRONICS SERVICES

To find quality military and defense electronics services, you can search by geography in the VentureOutsource.com Military & Defense Electronics Services Directory. Save time and use the inset below if you want help expanding your options. We also encourage you to check reviews of military and defense electronics services written by other professionals. Add your review for electronics services companies you have experience with.

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