Military-Rugged Electronics for Land Platforms, Unmanned Systems & Dismounted Applications

Drive ground combat vehicle program success with rugged computers and components that both maximize limited rack space and can endure the tough environmental conditions of the battlefield. Since 1997, MilDef has designed, tested, qualified, manufactured, sold and globally supported rugged computing products specifically for military applications in the harshest environments.

As an OEM, MilDef is able to develop all systems board-level up, controlling product lifecycles and offering considerable advantages to ground combat vehicle programs, which require managed electronics configurations over the life of the vehicle. As a result, MilDef, a registered mall Business, is a trusted supplier to many armed forces deployed globally.



The MilDef approach

MilDef structures all processes—from concept design to component sourcing, 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) is a critical requirement of rugged hardware 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 MILSTD-461 CE102, RE102
  • MIL-STD-1275 test equipment
  • Temperature cycling and Ingress
  • Protection test chambers
  • Vibration, shock and drop testing


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

MilDefs 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 Land Platforms, Unmanned Systems & Dismounted Applications

MilDef military-rugged computers are designed and tested to ground-based requirements so they can be reliably used in tracked combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, command posts, and dismounted operations.

  • Standalone products or integrated systems
  • Mission computers/servers, routers, switches, power, storage
  • Intelligent displays ranging from 10” to 40”
  • Ruggedized laptops, tablets and handheld devices
  • Controllers for unmanned systems operations
MilDef products for all mission platforms and solutions

Examples of mission systems

Military Multi-function operator displays, KVM, keyboard & trackball, high performance, high density computers; scalable network-attached storage, fully managed copper/fiber ethernet switch

Examples of mission solutions

Operator console, Half rack case, Small form factor server rack

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.