The Ministry of Defence (MOD) UK manages, develops and implements more than 6,300 standards and projects. MOD standards describe military-grade requirements for equipment, components or material. They may include practices, procedures and processes.
MOD standards are also used by non-defense government organizations, technical organizations, and industry.
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Defence standards evolved from the need to ensure proper performance, maintainability and reparability (MRO) of military equipment. Logistical usefulness is considered another important factor. MRO and logistics lead to standardization of equipment and processes.
Products following these standards are designed to perform in a harsh environment. Included are conditions such as drop, shock, fog, humidity, sand, vibration, leakage and explosions. The specifications cover what different types of equipment should be able to withstand. Also covered is how they should be tested to ensure compliance.
It develops and pursues its standards with civil and military partners and the standards help:
- Simplify product development
- Improve quality
The specifications cover many different types of products, including:
- Conformal coatings
- Thread lockers
The use of MOD products is not limited to the military. There has been a growing demand for MOD-standard products in civilian sectors such as manufacturing of sporting, outdoor goods and consumer electronics. Regardless of the sector they are employed in, these products provide reliability, high strength and maximum efficacy.