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Electronic Elements of Military Efficiency: Withstanding Hostile Mission Environments

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Murrietta Circuit MIL-PRF-31032 Department of Defense Certification

MIL-PRF-31032 is a certification specifying the performance requirements for printed circuit boards or printed wiring boards and the confirmation requirements for ensuring that these components meet the highest performance standards of the Department of Defense for integration into military systems. After a rigorous audit, Murietta was determined to be fully compliant with those high standards and received DOD MIL-PRF-31032 certification in 2015.

Withstanding Hostile Environments

Electronic systems must function in a wide range of military applications and challenging environments. PCBs used in communication, tracking, surveillance, and weapons targeting systems need to operate reliably in dry desert heat and blowing sand, as well as cold damp mountainous terrain. Shipboard systems need to function despite corrosive salt water spray and the pitching, pounding and rolling encountered in rapidly changing wave conditions at sea. Ground troops require reliable electronic communication, detection, and targeting in all topographies from swamps and jungles to deserts or mountains. Their systems need to endure the shocks of firing artillery, as well as the demands of all terrain off-road travel. Man-borne communication packs need to bear up under all the hostile conditions which the infantryman carrying it encounters.

Airborne electronics need to withstand high gee forces, rapidly changing air pressure, supersonic speeds, and every kind of weather and temperature extreme. All of the above need the ability to endure the shock and trauma of an enemy attack to enable units to strike back effectively.

Below we’ll take a closer look at some specific military electronic elements in action.

Electronic Positive Identification (PID) and Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP)

In every military application identifying friend or foe is crucial, and maximum reliability of electronic components is a must. Reducing reaction and response time can be the difference between victory or defeat on the battlefield. Collateral damage and friendly fire casualties can be reduced or avoided entirely by using accurate PID and advanced targeting electronics.

HMCS

HMCS or helmet mounted cueing systems, let pilots identify targets with aircraft sensors in seconds rather than minutes. ATP ( advanced targeting pods) provide high-resolution displays which greatly increase the standoff distance for enemy identification. Pilots can share ATP output with Joint Tactical Air Controllers to reduce the chance of friendly fire casualties or collateral damage.

Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)

This is a mobile radar system that provides 360- degree coverage and the capability of detecting low observable threats, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise missiles. The system provides data to a Control and Reporting Center to generate target quality data so key tactical decision makers and weapons platforms can respond quickly to hostile intents. Deployed in a desert environment, components must be able to function despite high solar radiation levels. Mobility is key to the AESA threat detection mission, so electronic component durability needs to be optimal in rain, wind, and able to withstand battlefield conditions while in transit between deployments.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD): High-Resolution Digital Radiography System For Field Deployment

Low-resolution x-ray imaging and cumbersome digital radiography systems have, in the past, hampered the EOD technician’s ability to safely interrogate and dispose of enemy military ordnance as well as sophisticated Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
Recent advances made in commercial electronics manufacturing, allow the use of off the shelf components to upgrade and downsize the technology, enabling EOD units to deploy man-portable, high-resolution, digital radiography systems that allow precise detection, analysis, and deactivation of suspicious devices.

State of the Art Combat Readiness

The arena of modern electronic warfare is a dynamic, constantly evolving, digital arms race. Yesterday’s high-tech weapons systems can be rendered obsolete by advances in defensive electronic countermeasures, RF jamming technology, and cyber attack by technically competent hostile forces. Military grade combat electronic systems require unceasing reliability and upgrades to maintain leading edge technological superiority. For a detailed analysis see the Air National Guard report Weapons System Modernization Priorities 2017.

At Murietta we have the MIL-PRF-31032 certified design, production, and procurement capabilities to maintain that leading edge.

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