Military and Defence Solutions: Rugged Industrial Computing

Military and Defence Solutions

Military IPC Solutions are required to undergo rigorous testing to comply with defence industry benchmarks, guaranteeing both safety and efficiency in indoor and outdoor exercises as well as robustness in extreme conditions.

The following criteria must be met for a military-grade PC solution to be deemed operational

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Electromagnetic Interference

For MIL-STD 461F compliance, provide detailed testing specifications to confirm that the PC product adheres to electromagnetic interference control requirements.

Anti Vibration

Military equipment should meet the US military standard MIL-STD-810F-514.5, C1 / C2 / C3 for vibration resistance, and include M12 connectors for enhanced reliability.

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Unstable Power Supply

Power supply units able to handle wide power input and isolation to protect devices from power surges is a generally a must.

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Environmental Conditions

For products compliant with MIL-STD 810G, they are tested to withstand extreme environmental conditions.


Generally, Military IPC products are always built and tested according to military standards MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461.

MIL-STD-461 is a United States Military Standard that describes how to test equipment for electromagnetic compatibility.

Specifically, MIL-STD-461F details testing specification to ensure the conducted emissions (CE), conducted susceptibility (CS), radiated emissions (RE), and radiated susceptibility (RS) of a system can meet the requirements for the control of electromagnetic interference.

  • MIL-STD-461 Method – CE101/CE102: Conducted Emissions
  • MIL-STD-461 Method – RE101/RE102: Radiated Emissions
  • MIL-STD-461 Method – CS101/CS106/CS109/CS114/CS115/CS116: Conducted Susceptibility
  • MIL-STD-461 Method – RS101/RS103: Radiated Susceptibility
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The MIL-STD-810 test series are approved for use by all departments and agencies of the United States Department of Defence (DoD).

The standard describes environmental management and engineering processes that can be of enormous value to generate confidence in the environmental worthiness and overall durability of a system design.

  • MIL-STD-810 Method 501.4: High Temperature
  • MIL-STD-810 Method 502.4: Low Temperature
  • MIL-STD-810 Method 507.4: Humidity
  • MIL-STD-810 Method 514.5: Vibration
  • MIL-STD-810 Method 516.5: Shock
Military and Defence Solutions - MIL-STD-810F/G


Typically, military Panel PCs and displays come with MIL-DTL-38999 type I and III connectors – high-performance cylindrical connectors for cable-to-panel applications in military, air traffic controller, or situations where their optimisation of device ‘up time’ is paramount.

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Portable, Ruggedized PC Solutions with Touchscreen Interactivity

Rugged Industrial Peli Case PCs are a great alternative to rugged laptops or tablets – providing better protection, IP rating (if required) and space for custom electronics and selectable I/O.

  • Customizable Sizes: BVM Peli Case PCs are available in various sizes, ensuring a perfect fit for your space and weight needs, from portable PCs to larger workstations.
  • High-Performance CPUs: Our Peli-case PCs are powered by the latest embedded computing technology, from Intel Atom to Intel Core series CPUs, ready to handle demanding applications now and in the future.
  • Interactive Displays: Featuring TFT displays from 7.0″ to 21″ with optional touch capabilities, our PCs offer responsive and user-friendly interaction, with enhancements for different lighting conditions.
  • Advanced Connectivity: Equipped with LTE and Wi-Fi options, our Peli-case PCs ensure continuous connectivity for seamless data transfer.
  • Diverse Storage Solutions: We provide various storage options focusing on SSDs for durability and performance in any environment.
  • Expansion Options: Our PCs support additional hardware like mPCI-E, M.2, and PCI-Express for increased functionality and adaptability.
  • Custom Electronics Integration: We customize your PC with bespoke electronics, tailored internal cabling, and design to meet specific needs.
  • Designed for Clarity: Custom labeling and clear interfaces make our PCs straightforward and easy to use.
  • Robust and Secure: Our PCs are IP67 rated for dust and water resistance and include security features like lockable components to protect your data.
  • Ergonomic Designs: Choose from various handle types for easy and comfortable transportation.
  • Reliable and Long-lasting: Built with industrial-grade components, our Peli Case PCs are designed for a 5~7 year lifespan with replacement programs to ensure continuity.
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Portable Peli Case PCs

  • They’re a great alternative to rugged laptops or tablets – providing better protection, IP rating (if required) and space for custom electronics and selectable I/O.
  • They’re a good solution for combining instrumentation and computing in one rugged and portable package.
  • Good value where a bespoke – rugged embedded computer solution with HMI is being sought, one that can be protected from its immediate environment.

All designs and configurations are an example of solutions we’ve produced for our customers
and will hopefully serve to provide you with an idea of what we can produce.

Touchscreen Panel PCs and Rugged Tablets

For a truly befitting military application, Panel PC products need to have the following processes and features provided to them :-

  • Rigorous environmental assessments ensure dependable functionality across extreme temperatures and high moisture levels for practical field application.
  • Military-grade connections and aluminum casings with anti-corrosive treatments
  • User-friendly interface options including capacitive OSD or tactile buttons for display adjustments
  • Incorporation of optical bonding techniques with either anti-reflective or anti-glare screens, plus optional EMI shielding – enhancing display visibility under various lighting conditions.
  • Brightness can be finely tuned from 0% to 100%, allowing for precise control over display luminosity.

Typically, the products being sought after for a military applications will quite often cross over to the products found in our Harsh Condition and Transportation (Land, Sea, Rail and Air) sections. Our advice at BVM would be speak to us first – as there may be a product that serves your application already fit for harsh environment operation, possessing the prerequisite certifications you need.

Military and Defence Rugged Panel PC

Rugged Panel PCs

Ruggedized or Harsh Environment Panel PCs are typically used where Wide Temperature diversity is needed in operation (-40°C to +85°C) and/or where the supply of input voltage can vary or be erratic; ruggedized panel PCs typically can accept 9V-36V DC in. BVM can provide 7″ to 24″ TFT display solutions with PCAP or resistive touch input – and screen readability enhancement features such as high bright LED backlighting, optical bonding and anti-glare or anti-reflecting coatings.

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In-Vehicle Panel PCs

In-vehicle Panel PCs solutions are designed to withstand the everyday shock and vibration of vehicle driving and can be viewed from almost any angle through their wide angle viewing capabilities and high bright backlighting. Equipped with wide input voltage (9-36volts DC), wide storage temperature (-30°C to +80°C) and e-marking (E13 certification), and ignition control and delay on/off, our in-vehicle panel PC solutions are easy to install (VESA or panel mount).

APLEX Lightweight Fully IP66 Panel PCs
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Defence-Grade Tablets

Defence-Grade Rugged Tablets are specifically engineered for military and government use, ensuring durability and high performance under extreme conditions. These tablets are designed to withstand harsh environments and provide crucial data swiftly, aiding in critical decision-making for defence operations. Key features of these rugged tablets include compliance with military specifications, high IP ratings for superior water and dust resistance, optimal readability under sunlight, and robust connectivity options.

Winmate Defence-Grade Rugged Tablets: Designed for Extreme Conditions

System-on-Modules (SOMs)

These features make Computer-On-Modules highly suitable for deployment in demanding conditions where traditional computing hardware might fail

  • High Performance: Equipped with powerful processors and efficient architectures to handle rigorous computing tasks without compromising operational stability.
  • Energy Efficiency: Designed to consume less power, which is crucial in environments where energy usage must be minimized.
  • Wide Temperature Range: Designed to operate effectively in extreme temperatures, typically ranging from -40°C to +85°C.
  • Rugged Build Quality: Strong, durable materials and construction allow the modules to withstand physical stresses and strains typical in harsh environments.
  • Shock and Vibration Resistance: Engineered to withstand shocks and vibrations, ensuring consistent performance and reliability in industrial environments.
  • Long-term Availability: Support for extended product life cycles, ensuring that the same model is available for a longer period compared to commercial modules.
  • Certifications: Often carry certifications like IECEx, ATEX for explosion-proof requirements, and others specific to industrial and environmental standards.
  • Scalability and Customization: Carrier boards can be customized and scaled in configuration to meet specific needs, providing flexibility in deployment.
  • Integrated Safety Features: Safety features such as watchdog timers, secure boot and hardware-based security support critical applications where failure is not an option.

System-On-Module products are the ideal solution for many space-constrained applications
where the build-up of heat within the operating environment can become an issue.

System-On-Modules and Carrier Boards

COM/SOM modules are ideal for applications where product time to market and longevity of solution are critical to your business. Today’s COM modules mainly come in two main formats; COM Express (COMe) in Mini, Compact, Basic and Qseven.

Plugged into carrier boards (baseboard), they can be upgraded to newer, backwards-compatible versions as processor technology capability progresses. COM/SOM modules are typically used in military solutions.

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AI-based Military and Defence Solutions

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the military and defence sectors, driving efficiencies, cutting costs, and bolstering security. Developments in AI-powered intelligence, surveillance, autonomous systems, cybersecurity, and logistics are enhancing operations, minimizing human risk, and optimizing resource management. This technology is poised to dramatically reshape defence strategies and operations.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Industrial Automation

Here are a few examples of how artificial intelligence (AI) is used  is being used in military and defence:

  • Autonomous weapons systems: AI enables more autonomous operation in military devices such as drones and tanks, enhancing navigation, targeting, and engagement capabilities.
  • Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance: AI analyses sensor and data sources, improving pattern recognition and situational awareness to support strategic military decisions.
  • Language translation: AI facilitates real-time translation for military communications across language barriers, crucial during international missions.
  • Training and simulation: AI-powered simulations provide realistic training environments, preparing military personnel for various operational scenarios.
  • Cybersecurity: AI detects and mitigates cyber threats, safeguarding military networks through advanced pattern recognition and rapid response mechanisms.

The hardware required to support artificial intelligence (AI) can vary depending on the specific  application and the type of AI being used. Some AI algorithms are computationally intensive and require powerful hardware to run effectively.

Deep learning algorithms, which are used for tasks such as image and speech recognition, typically require specialised hardware such as graphics processing units (GPUs) to run efficiently. GPUs are designed to perform the complex matrix calculations that are required for deep learning – and they can be much faster than traditional central processing units (CPUs) at these types of tasks.

Other types of AI, such as rule-based systems, may not require as much computational power and can be run on standard CPUs.

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