Connectors for Aerospace Applications

Connectors for Aerospace Applications


At Timbercon, we pride ourselves on meeting customers’ demands and requests for high quality products. We have extensive experience designing aerospace approved materials that are well suited for harsh environments and demanding applications. 

Timbercon utilizes highly reliable fiber optic connectors for precise alignment. Specialized for aerospace applications, the MIL-DTL-38999 and MIL-T-29504 terminations have become a fiber optics industry standard. They combine MIL standard qualified connectors and components with the latest optical cabling technology. This post will explore MIL-DTL-38999 terminations for aerospace applications.

Connector Requirements for Aerospace Applications

Aerospace applications have unique requirements when it comes to connectors, and these needs can vary from company to company. While controlling the geometry of a fiber optic termination is challenging, we are able to use and develop processes for any manufacturer to offer a wide range of products and services. Additionally, optical fiber is fragile and can be damaged easily. They require delicate handling; but we act with care and uphold safety standards. 

Fiber optic terminations require specialized equipment, making field terminations of MIL-Spec connectors virtually impossible. At TCI, we possess the specialty equipment and processes needed to measure and characterize MIL-Spec connector terminations.

What is the MIL-DTL-38999 connector series?

MIL-DTL-38999 connectors are high performance cylindrical connectors designed for demanding aerospace and avionic circumstances. They are constructed to withstand shock, high vibration, corrosive conditions, high electromagnetic interference (EMI), high radio-frequency interference (RFI), pressure extremes and wide temperature ranges. The series was adapted for fiber optics using the size 16 contact. It is a great candidate for hybrid (opto/electrical) requirements and optimum fiber optic solution for all defense and aerospace applications. 

The Timbercon MIL-D38999 assemblies are lightweight and durable, promising to provide precision in a multitude of applications. They are available in a variety of fiber types, shell sizes, pin/socket configurations, ruggedization levels and custom options to suit your exact requirement. 

For more than 20 years, TCI has been terminating with 29504 termini and 38999 connectors. We have design expertise to integrate these terminations and connectors into custom solutions that meet aerospace and defense requirements. The ever-changing MIL-Spec requirements allow us to adapt and adjust our approach to ensure that our processes and quality systems guarantee top end performance and reliability. 

If you have any questions or want further information, learn about our solutions for military fiber optics

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