Do Arduinos meet military standards?

If not, where does it fall short? Is it something internal to the chip which might be corrected via external circuit? How could I evaluate the potential of a device I'm building?

  • There are many countries and many militaries, and not everyone of them is a USA puppy. – user31481 Aug 6 '17 at 11:19

It depends on the application. For something like a rechargeable torch, Arduino might exceed the specifications. For a weapons system, NEVER (and this is one of the specific prohibitions in the license agreement - see section 1.5 note: link currently broken). You also have to consider that there's literally thousands of armies in the world and they all have different standards. What might be acceptable to one might not be acceptable to another. Hamas uses rockets I wouldn't consider safe for anything, and they use them effectively - the Qassam rocket would never meet US military standards but it works great for Hamas.

US military standards are so complicated, nobody can answer this question for you. You're gonna need an army of lawyers to do that... here's a link to some documents to get started though...

Please note there are multiple standards which may apply to a given device. For example, you will see common off the shelf desktop computers (running Windows) used for some things in a military installation, but they could never be used to control a vehicle. Bottom line - you're gonna need a lawyer to navigate this. (You are better off selling your devices directly to soldiers, if you can live with that if it fails.)

http://www.dsp.dla.mil/ - Terrible site - get used to that if you want to deal with govs.

OH BTW... if you want to use Arduino to prototype something, and you plan to remove "Arduino" later, running straight from the ATMega - that's the whole point of Arduino! It is a prototyping system, not intended to be used wholly in products. Arduino is very little more than a break-out board for the ATMega processor, a robust (kinda) power supply, and a runtime environment in C++.

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    "... an army of lawyers ..." BADUM-TSH! – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 11 '14 at 19:01
  • @Jasmine, that link didn't get me to any license agreement. Can you please update the link to something that shows the section you are talking about. – Delta_G Aug 6 '17 at 15:36
  • Ugh, it seems they have updated the site, and the hardware license agreement is something I can't find any more. I've made as much effort as I want to make, but if anyone finds it, just reply here and I'll update the answer. Sorry about that. – Jasmine Aug 8 '17 at 2:31

Your question is broad. My first reaction is to say No. But in order to be very accurate (or fair), your should find the application standard. Military has an extensive library of standards ranging from manufacturing and testing. Therefore, take a look at the standard regulating your application. Only after this assessment, the question of whether Arduino will suffice a military application will be accurately answered.


It is not mil spec. Making something comply with milspec is a big, complex subject. (A subject I know very little about.)

  • In Military.. everything has to do with standard military specifications. – Jose Enrique Calderon Jan 21 at 6:08

Defiantly not. If you wanted to use it for very early prototyping then I think it would be fine. However, it really depends on the use because lets admit it Adriuno boards don't have huge amounts of processing power and are somewhat limited to capabilities.

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    Not every application requires a quad-core 1.8GHz CPU. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 11 '14 at 15:05
  • @IgnacioVazquez-Abrams, performance isn't the issue. The main issue is ruggedness and hardening against things like EMP. Stuff that is rated for the military needs to be able to survive being dragged behind a humvee through a swamp for 5 miles. (Ok, I exaggerate, but that's the general idea.) – Duncan C Aug 21 '14 at 23:25
  • @DuncanC: Sure, but that's completely independent of what this answer mentioned. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 21 '14 at 23:31

Do Arduinos meet military standards?

it meets some military standards but fails the others.

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