Common Specifications for Wire Rope, Strand and Wire Rope Assemblies
Federal specification for wire rope and strand. This specification covers wire ropes and wire seizing strands. This specification is intended to cover the more common types, classes and categories which are suitable for federal government and commercial uses. This specification is not applicable to wire ropes specified for aircraft control uses.
Military specification for wire rope, steel, (stainless steel) preformed, non-rotating, for aircraft rescue hoist and cargo handling (winching).
MIL-DTL-18375 .pdf (supersedes MIL-W-83140)
Military specification for flexible ( 7x7 and 7x19 constructions) wire rope, corrosion resistant, nonmagnetic, for aircraft control. Generally referred to as type 305 S/S. The wire rope covered by this specification is intended for use in aircraft control system applications where low magnetic permeability and high resistance is needed against corrosion, abrasion and fatigue wear. Wire rope conforming to composition B of MIL-DTL-83420 has a higher strength and magnetic permeability than wire rope conforming to this specification.
MIL-DTL-83420 .pdf (supersedes MIL-W-83420)
Military specification for wire rope, flexible (3x7, 7x7 and 7x19 constructions) stainless steel and galvanized for aircraft control. The wire rope covered by this specification is intended for aircraft control system applications where high resistance is needed against corrosion, abrasion and fatigue wear.
MIL-DTL-87161 .pdf (supersedes MIL-W-87161, MIL-W-5693 and MIL-W-6940)
Military specification for wire strand, stainless steel and zinc coated, non-flexible, for aircraft control. Generally 1x19 construction for aircraft controls.
MIL-DTL-87218 .pdf (supersedes MIL-DTL-87218)
Military specification for cable, lockclad, for aircraft control.
Military specification for terminal, wire rope swaging. The corrosion resistant steel terminals covered by this specification are intended for swaging to corrosion resistant steel and galvanized cable conforming to MIL-DTL-83420 or RR-W-410, as applicable. (The ratings do not apply to strand. Terminals will not develop full breaking strength on strand; not intended for use with MIL-DTL-87161.) These terminals can also be used in applications involving corrosive conditions or where nonmagnetic properties are essential.
Military specification for terminal, cable assemblies swaged type. This specification covers swaging terminals (conforming to MIL-DTL-781) to cables to make up terminal cable assemblies.
Military specification for cable assemblies, aircraft, proof testing and pre-stretching. This specification presents the standard method for proof testing and pre-stretching of aircraft cable assemblies.