What is a Military Standard Part?

The term "military standard part" is pretty straightforward. They are often referred to as MIL-STD or MIL-SPEC. The definition of a military standard part is a component that meets the requirements set out by the US Department of Defense in order to meet the objective of standardization. Due to the strive for standardization, these military standard parts offer interchangeability, compatibility, and common functionality. So they are easy to use for many different applications.

Breaking it down a little further, there is a difference between the terms military standard and military specification. A military specification refers to how the component or part operates, as well as its physical properties. Whereas military standard refers to the making of the component and the what materials the manufacturers use to create it.

History of Military Standard Parts

Military standard parts are nothing new. There has been an improvement, but the idea has been around for a long time. We can trace the history of military standards back to the 18th and 19th century. Both American and French militaries wanted to standardize the parts to offer interchangeability. By Word War II, standardization was common. The improvements in speed of production was pronounced. So everyone wanted to make production quicker. However, though countries around the world began the standardization of fasteners and military parts, these functions stayed within the country. So in the US there was a standard. And this standard is different than in Britain.

When it comes to military standard parts in the United States, it is often the case that it gets its status as "standard"  due to the fact that the rights to the design are owned by the government. Then various companies compete to manufacture these parts in accordance to the set regulations.

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A military standard part is a common part for those in the aerospace industry. These parts make it easy for manufacturers to create the safe and reliable vehicles, machinery or equipment. From fasteners, to screws, to an assortment of other parts, get what you need with Sesco!

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