In military applications, electronic devices must be designed and built to deliver reliable performance even when exposed to harsh conditions, such as chemical contaminants, extreme weather, and fluctuating temperatures. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of failure in critical operations, which can lead to injury and, in severe cases, death. For these reasons, electronic device manufacturers employ the use of military-grade circuit boards for their military products.
At RedSTAR Worldwide, we supply high-quality printed circuit boards (PCBs) from reputable domestic and ITAR Registered manufacturers for a wide range of applications. Equipped with highly experienced and knowledgeable PCB designers and engineers, we can help military customers source and select reliable and safe PCBs for their critical applications.
Design Considerations for Military PCBs
When designing and selecting military-grade circuit boards, it is important to ensure that all of the components used comply with military specifications. The design requirements applicable to the circuit board vary from application to application but can include the following:
- Tolerances of 1% to 2%
- Durable and rugged construction
- Differentiation between low-frequency and high-frequency components
- Lean and shielded clock signals
- Heat-resistant material integration for extreme heat environments
- Heat dissipation material integration high thermal builds
Common Applications of Defense and Military PCBs
Circuit boards are a critical component of many electronic military and defense devices and systems, such as:
- Communication systems
- Computer systems
- Control towers
- Jet instruments
- Mortars and artillery
- Navigation equipment
- Robotic systems
- Satellite subsystems
- Security equipment
- Unmanned vehicles
Military-Grade PCB Solutions at RedSTAR Worldwide
At RedSTAR Worldwide, we offer military-grade circuit boards in rigid-flex, flexible, HDI, and metal core variations. Our rigid-flex products are most commonly used due to their ability to replace dense traditional circuits with a more compact and lightweight circuit design.
PCBs are found in a variety of military devices, equipment, and systems, from aircraft flight systems to guided missiles to satellite communication systems. As failure in these critical components can spell disaster, we thoroughly test all of our PCBs as prototypes to ensure they will not fail.
We follow strict procedures when prototyping PCBs. Design review occurs within two hours of receiving customer specifications. At this point, our team carefully evaluates the manufacturability of the design and makes corrections to resolve design flaws. Once the design is reviewed, it is forwarded to the manufacturing and assembly teams for prototype production. Each prototype is then tested to verify functionality.
They are available with quick turnaround times, with the exact lead time depending on the design and construction:
- Next day for standard FR-4 or double-sided PCBs
- 2–4 days for 4-layer to 8-layer PCBs
- 5 days for 10-layer PCBs and above
- 5–10 days for HDI, rigid-flex, flex, and metal core PCBs
Certifications and Standards
We can supply PCBs that meet the following industry standards:
- ITAR Registered
- ISO 13485
- ISO 9001
- NIST 800-171 Compliance
Why Choose RedSTAR Worldwide for Your Military PCB Needs?
At RedSTAR Worldwide, we are fully committed to providing our customers with high-quality PCBs for their applications, whether they are in the military or another industry. Equipped with decades of experience working with PCBs, our team has what it takes to help customers select and source the right PCB for even the most demanding requirements. To learn more about our PCB capabilities and how we serve the military industry, contact us today. To discuss your PCB requirements with one of our experts, request a quote.