RF CONNECTORS: Lightning-protected rugged circular connectors for aircraft RF and microwave introduced by API

API Technologies Corp. in Orlando, Fla., is introducing rugged EMI-filtered and unfiltered circular connectors for high performance RF/microwave, power, and security applications that require adherence to RTCA/DO-160 Section 22 lightning requirements.

RTCA/DO-160 Section 22 outlines environmental conditions and testing procedures for airborne equipment-particularly for protection against lightning-to provide increased safety, system capacity, and overall efficiency, company officials say. API's circular connectors feature a specially formulated potting compound and proprietary potting process to seal the filter elements. The potting insulates and protects the capacitive filter element and enables it to withstand very high voltage surges, such as those caused by lightning strikes.


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