The MIL 1760 DoD interface standard was developed to reduce the proliferation of interfaces between aircraft and their stores, and promote interoperability between weapons and aircraft platforms.
MIL 1760 was released by the DoD to help better integrate modern aircraft stores. Before MIL 1760, the traditional approach to such integrations was for each to be a standalone program.
This meant for each program a unique interface would usually be implemented, usually also with a set of unique problems, such as the missile “ghosting” problems experienced during the F-16 to AMRAAM integration.
Additionally, MIL 1760 is an open, published and non-propriety standard intended to maximize both interoperability and safety.
While open in this sense, actual designs are typically closed with data transfers and associated deadlines determined during design rather than at run time. The standard applies an architecting strategy which is both collaborative (programs may reuse other programs efforts) and directive (by specifying minimal design requirements) in nature.
The original version of the MIL 1760 defined a standardized electrical interface and connector that included both digital and analog databuses, a standardized message protocol (MIL-STD-1553), power, and discrete signals.
Back in 2007, the latest version of MIL1760 was released. MIL 1760E, employed the previously unused High Bandwidth 2 and High Bandwidth 4 pins of the standardized MIL 1760 connector.
These pins were utilized to carry a Fibre Channel based high speed digital databus, FC-AE-1553 which is an adaptation of MIL-STD-1553 for Fibre Channel.
Today there are several different groups of MIL1760 signals:
- MIL-STD-704 power connections
- MIL-STD-1553 data communications interface
- High and low bandwidth analog signals
- Discrete signals
- Fiber optics
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