Aerospace and Defense

Richardson RFPD offers a wide range of military-qualified RF, microwave, interconnect and power conversion products for the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry. In addition to QPL, MIL-STD products, many of our commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products can be made available with the additional screening, special handling, or quality assurance testing required for A&D applications. Hermetic packaging options, extended temperature ranges, military standard (MIL-STD) reliability testing, screening for radiation-hardened (rad-hard) capabilities, and other engineering support services make our COTS components and board-level products ideal for this demanding market.

Let us help you find the solutions to meet your Aerospace & Defense needs. Our diverse selection of products and services cover the entire range of A&D applications. Click the links below to see what we offer for each application. For other inquiries, please Contact Us.

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Embedded Solutions

Frequency Control


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Semiconductors - Discretes

Semiconductors - ICs

Systems and Subsystems

Richardson RFPD employs more RF engineers than any global distributor. By offering deep technical expertise to support the latest products from the leading suppliers in RF, Wireless and Energy Technologies, we are uniquely positioned to help customers meet the challenges of changing markets.

The Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry has highly specialized needs for electronic components, circuits and systems. Reliability is of major concern, as human lives are often on the line. Military-qualified (MILQUAL) electronic equipment must be able to withstand the various environmental challenges of the modern battlefield (land, sea, and air). It must be capable of functioning properly while moving rapidly through earth’s multi-layered atmosphere. And it must also be able to endure the high-electronic-stress environment of "near-space" for missile trajectory, satellite orbit, rocket launch, etc.

For more detailed information on this industry, please refer to the technical articles and design considerations found in the Technical Resources tab, including:
  UMS T/R Module Solution for X-Band Phased-Array Radar (1MB)
  Gore EMI Shielding White Paper (2MB)
  Military Defense Standards for RF Components and Circuits (194KB)

Links to Additional Information
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) - Provides official, timely and accurate information about defense policies, organizations, functions and operations.

International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) - Department of State regulations for the control of the permanent and temporary export and temporary import of defense articles and services.

Bureau of Industry and Security (U.S. Department of Commerce) - Bureau dedicated to advancing U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

QPL Lists - Master Qualified Parts List of all specifications for which the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime-VQ maintains qualification data.

Association of Old Crows (AOC) - Forum advocating the need for a strong defense capability emphasizing electronic warfare and information operations to government, industry, academia, and the public. Includes Journal of Electronic Defense (JED) publication.

Jane’s Information Group - Offers intelligence, consultancy and advertising solutions to the defense, national security, law enforcement and transport sectors.

Jane’s Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems - Comprehensive guide covering the whole spectrum of surveillance, identification, targeting, control, intelligence gathering and self-protection systems for land, sea, air and space applications.

IEEE – Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS) - Provides a global professional home for engineers working in the electronic systems domain.

Wharton Aerospace & Defense Report - A&D industry information published by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.