What is the MIL-STD-810 Rating for two way radios.

The MIL-STD rating is a standard used by the US military, to determine and accredit whether equipment is suitable for use in military applications. Products that meet the MIL-STD ratings are said to be ‘military grade’, a categorisation which can be extended to the majority of RugGear devices. MIL-STD-810 addresses a hugely broad range of environmental conditions that include: low pressure for altitude testing; exposure to high and low temperatures plus temperature shock (both operating and in storage); rain (including wind blown and freezing rain); humidity, fungus, salt fog for rust testing; sand and dust exposure; explosive atmosphere; leakage; acceleration; shock and transport shock; gunfire vibration; and random vibration.

The rigorous testing regiment for the military grade classification includes a ‘drop test’, consisting of 26 drops from a height of 4 feet, testing drops at many different angles, with the phones inspected for damage after each drop. The other most strenuous test is ‘temperature shock test’, where the device is firstly stored, and later operated in extremely hot and cold temperatures. This test involves putting the device in a temperature loop between at temperatures of -40℃ and +70℃, for 30 minutes each, and repeating this loop 32 times.

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