TE Connectivity has expanded its O.C.H. micro circular connectors to include a 7-pin design that can enhance a soldier’s ability to communicate from the battlefield.
Driven by military battery pack applications, the new design’s seventh pin can be used for grounding or as an extra signal line. The connector was designed to meet the needs of the broadening range of applications within the U.S. Army’s Nett Warrior soldier systems, a program developed to provide ground soldiers with instant situational awareness and communications capability by directly connecting them to the Army’s tactical network.
Seven-pin O.C.H. micro circular connectors are designed to operate in rugged, harsh combat environments, and feature push/pull quick disconnect coupling. The aluminum alloy shell and thermoplastic inserts make the circular connectors lightweight and compact, which is ideal for soldiers to wear in battlefield conditions. Although primarily designed for battery packs, this seven-pin connector can be utilized in a broad range of soldier systems applications such as soldier’s vest cables, communication and power hubs, radios and military vehicles
The new connector is smaller and lighter to help alleviate weight from a soldier’s back. It also complies with certain U.S. Army mechanical and performance standards, including MIL-STD-810G.