New MIL DTL 16878 Revision H, the General Specification for Insulated Electrical Wire

MIL-DTL-16878, “Wire, Electrical, Insulated, General Specification for,” has just been revised and the new Revision H is available from Document Center Inc. now.  The 20-page specification is used for internal wiring of electronic equipment, defining a popular military hookup wire.

MIL DTL 16878 covers unshielded wire for hookup and lead wiring of electrical and electronic components and equipment so that minimum size and weight are consistent with service requirements. The temperature rating of wire included in this specification ranges to a maximum of 260 degrees Celsius (°C), with potential rating from 250 to 5000 volts root mean square (Vrms).

The single conductor wire covered in this specification is intended for use in lead wire and internal wiring of electrical and electronic equipment and switchboards.

There are additional “slash sheets” for the document that define a variety of sub-types of this wire.  The documents were formerly the MIL-W-16878 series prior to mil spec reform.  Then in the 1990’s they were renumbered to signify that they are now “detail” specifications with exact requirements for contract fulfillment.

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