Military-Rugged Electronics
for Aviation & Aerospace Systems

Air superiority is a critical component to winning in multi-domain operations against near-peer adversaries. Mandates such as “Accelerate Change—Or Lose,” call for transformation that requires fully rugged and reliable electronics that can be quickly designed, tested, manufactured, and fielded.

Since 1997, MilDef has designed, tested, qualified, manufactured, sold and globally supported rugged computing products specifically for military applications in the harshest environments. As a result, MilDef, a registered Small Business, is a trusted supplier to armed forces in all of the world’s major combat zones.



The MilDef approach

MilDef structures all processes—from concept design to component sourcing to rapid prototyping and customization—to get military personnel the rugged electronics they need, when they need them.

Concept design, Project start, Development, Verification, Production

In-house capabilities


MilDef invests in the right people and tools for product design, development and testing to continually improve product quality, reliability and performance. As an OEM solely focused on the defense sector, MilDef has been able to selectively tailor design capabilities to meet precise customer requirements:

  • Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Printed circuit board layouts
  • Customization (blueprint strategy)
  • System integration (inclusion of
    MilDef products in a sub-system)
  • Thermal analysis and passive
  • Ruggedization to latest military
  • EMC/EMI protection
  • Prototyping (3D-printed proof of
    concept or milled aluminum chassis)

Environmental/EMI testing

Product design and testing to stringent, well-defined military standards (e.g. MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461, RTCA/DO-160) is a critical requirement of rugged hard-ware production for MilDef’s customers. Mildef not only rigorously tests every finished product, but also the components that make up each finished product. MilDef’s in-house testing assets include:

  • EMI/EMC test chambers for MIL-STD-461 CE102, RE102 and DEF STAN 59-411
  • MIL-STD-1275 test equipment
  • Temperature cycling and Ingress Protection test chambers
  • Vibration, shock and drop testing

MilDef also employs 3rd party test houses for accredited testing to DEF STAN 59-411, RTCA/DO-160, TEMPEST (SDIP-27) standards.


MilDef manufactures all products in-house to maintain control over quality, BOM traceability, lead times and delivery. To ensure every product is ready to deploy straight out of the box, MilDef employs an automated test system, PTS (Production Test System), for final quality control with unique test reports for all units produced.

Supply chain / delivery

MilDef ’s supply chain management team is involved in every development initiative, ensuring component suppliers can meet ruggedization qualifications, quality and MilDef’s 10-year production/sustainment lifecycle roadmaps.

Project management

MilDef’s resources, processes and successful track record ensure efficient project management for complex new development or product customization on budget and schedule.

MilDef Rugged Products

MilDef develops rugged IT products for use in demanding environments, where durability and functionality are of critical importance. Products are designed with a focus on long product life cycles and consistent form over generations, resulting in low total cost of ownership.

MilDef's 10-year lifecycle model for all products


The MilDef suite of products includes small form factor computers and electronics, mobile computers, displays, panel PCs and special electronics, available out of the box. All products can also be tailored to customers exact specifications.

Rugged 19''/2 Small form factor Military products
Small form factor
Military rugged computers
Mobile computers
MilDef Intelligent displays
Intelligent displays
Military Special electronics
Special electronics

Modular 19”/2® Small Form Factor Computing & Communication Systems

The 19”/2® product line offers a broad range of rugged small form factor computers and network equipment. The line’s modular design, used as individual products, sub-systems or complete systems, allows for a building block approach in a wide array of applications.

Small Form Factor Servers
Military Computer platforms
Computer platforms
Military Network attached storage solutions
Network attached storage solutions
Military KVMs & extenders
KVMs & extenders
Military Switches & gateways
Switches & gateways
Military Routers & firewalls
Routers & firewalls
Rugged Military Power supply products
Power products
Military 19''/2 Mounting frames
Mounting frames

Mobile computers

A complete line of rugged mobile computers, tablets and handhelds in varying screen sizes.

Mobile workstations (15-17'')
Mobile workstations (15-17'')
Military laptops (13-15'')
Laptops (13-15'')
Military Tablets (8-12”)
Tablets (8-12”)
Military Handheld/Dismounted (5-7”)
Handheld/Dismounted (5-7”)

Rugged displays

A range of rugged displays and panel PCs for tactical applications. Utilizing modular back boxes MilDef’s rugged displays can transform from a standard display to a panel PC with a quick swap. Sizes range from 10.4” to 40”.

Intelligent displays
Intelligent displays
Panel PCs
Panel PCs
MDU series
MDU series

Rugged special electronics

MilDef supports customer projects which require specialized rugged electronics not based on any standard product segment.

Special electronics Computers KVMs
Computers & KVMs
Military Docking stations & trays
Docking stations & trays
Military Keyboards
Power solutions
Power solutions
Unmanned systems controller
Unmanned systems controller
Network products
Network products

Military-Rugged Electronics
for Aviation & Aerospace Systems

MilDef military-rugged products can be integrated into existing network architecture or deployed as a new network. All products are designed for reliable operation in extreme environments and can be customized to meet specific mission requirements.

  • Carry-on and integrated mission systems
  • Flight line and At-Platform Maintenance
  • Modular, small form factor mission package solutions
  • Servers, network attached storage, routers/switches
  • Touch panel displays

Integrated SWaP-optimized solutions

MilDef Integrated SWaP-optimized solutions

We stand ready to design and build your products, regardless of volume.

You will find examples in our customer projects and special electronics, where our R&D has worked closely with customers to meet their exact requirements.  Please read more about our development process or contact us to learn more.