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Applications - MIL-STD-1553


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Where is MIL-STD-1553?

MIL-STD-1553 was originally used in military aerospace platforms. The standard has now expanded beyond its traditional domain to encompass applications of for combat vehicles, ships, satellites, missiles, the International Space Station Program, and advanced commercial avionic applications.

MIL-STD-1553 has been designed into important military and commercial applications.

Military Aerospace

Military aircrafts utilize MIL-STD-1553 data buses, which allow complex electronic subsystems to interact with each other and the on-board flight computer. This is the military data bus is the lifeline of the aircraft. The data bus products function as the interface between the sub-system electronics and the 1553 data bus.

MIL-STD-1553 has been designed into the following aircrafts:

  • Airbus A-400M Turboprop Military Transport
  • Alenia C-27J Spartan Military Transport Aircraft
  • Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey Vertical and Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL) Helicopter
  • Boeing AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter
  • Boeing B-1 Lancer Strategic Bomber
  • Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Strategic Bomber
  • Boeing EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Aircraft
  • Boeing F/A-18 Hornet Multirole Fighter
  • Boeing F-15 Eagle Tactical Fighter
  • Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Military Transport Aircraft
  • Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
  • Boeing RC-135 Reconnaissance Aircraft
  • Boeing X-45A Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS)
  • Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter
  • Dassault Mirage Jet Fighter
  • Dassault Rafale Multirole Fighter
  • Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon Multirole Fighter
  • Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II Jet
  • General Atomics MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Jet Fighter
  • Hawker Hunter Fighter
  • Lockheed AC-130 Ground Attack Fixed-Wing Gunship
  • Lockheed C-5 Galaxy Military Transport Aircraft
  • Lockheed C-130 Hercules Military Transport Aircraft
  • Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Attack Aircraft
  • Lockheed P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
  • Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Stealth Air Superiority Fighter
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
  • Lockheed Martin KC-103 Tanker
  • McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender Air-to-Air Tanker
  • Mitsubishi F-2 Multirole Fighter
  • Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
  • Northrop Grumman E-2C/D Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning (AEW) Aircraft
  • Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare Aircraft
  • Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • Panavia Tornado Multirole Fighter
  • Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk Multimission Maritime Helicopter
  • Sikorsky SJ-60K  Seahawk Multimission Maritime Helicopter
  • Sikorsky UH/MH-60 Black Hawk Utility Helicopter


Commercial Aerospace

 Historically the commercial avionics designers have preferred other databus protocols for their systems, but are now finding that MIL-STD-1553  fits the needs in newer systems. The rugged and reliable standard, with a track record of over 30 years of in service history, is invaluable when it comes to saftey certification to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards, such as DO-254 and DO-178B.

MIL-STD-1553 has been designed into the following aircrafts:

  • Airbus A350-XWB Wide Body Jet Airliner


Weapon Systems

Military missiles and smart bombs are evolving into more sophisticated, precise, and lethal with the advancement of microelectronics. These systems have benefitted from using MIL-STD-1553 data buses, by using the data bus to download information from the aircraft just prior to launch and coordinate information flow during the flight of the weapon.

MIL-STD-1553 has been designed into the following weapons systems:

  • AGM-65 Maverick Air-to-Ground Tactical Missile
  • AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM)
  • AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) Glide Bomb
  • AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)
  • AIM-132  Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM)
  • AIM-9X Sidewinder Short Range Air-to-Air Missile
  • BGM-71 Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire Command Data Link (TOW) Anti-Tank Missile
  • EKV Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle
  • Extended Range Guided Munition
  • FIM-92 Stinger Personal Portable Infared Homing Surface-to-Air Missile
  • FMG-148 Javelin Anti-Tank Missile
  • M982 Excalibur Extended Range Guided Artillery Shell
  • Paveway Lase Guided Bombs
  • RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Short Range Anti-Aircraft and Anti-Missile Weapon System
  • RIM-67 Standard Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile
  • RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 Ship-Based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
  • RIM-174 Standard  Surface-to-Air Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM)
  • Tomahawk Long-Range, All Weather, Subsonic Cruise Missile
  • WCMD Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser
  • XAAM Medium Range Air-to-Air, Short Range Ship-to-Air Missile


Ground Vehicles

Military ground vehicles have evolved into highly technical, highly sophisticated mechanisms. They use MIL-STD-1553 data buses to form data links between their electical subsystems.

MIL-STD-1553 has been designed into the following ground vehicles:

  • BAE Bradley Fighting Vehicle
  • General Dynamics Abrams M1A2 Battle Tank
  • XM2001 Crusader Self-Propelled Howitzer


Space Applications

DSCC Class "K" certified MIL-STD-1553 data buses are used to form a common data link between space applications, such as within the International Space Station. Segments connecting though this common link include the U.S. Laboratory Module, the Russian Service Module and Functional Cargo Block (Zarya), the European Columbus Orbital Facility, and the Japanese Experimental Module (JEM).

MIL-STD-1553 has been designed into the following space applications:

  • The International Spaces Station
  • Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Satellite