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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MIL-STD-1553?

​MIL-STD-1553 is a government standard that describes a serial communication network used for avionics integration. In laymens terms, the communication network or digital Data Bus as it is known, is basically a militarized local area network (LAN). The major components of a MIL-STD-1553 data bus are as follows:

Bus Controller (BC)

Controls information flow on the Data Bus

Remote Terminal (RT)

Embedded / Standalone - react to the messages sent via the bus controller & integrate subsystems to the bus

Bus Monitor (BM)

Used for monitoring and testing the bus, while providing data acquisition capability

Data Bus Hardware


Is the actual Data Bus, which is a shielded, twisted pair of wires that carry the signal. The cable has an impedance of 78 ohms.

Facilitate connecting and isolating components/subsystems to/from the main Data Bus.


Used to terminate or "close" both ends of the bus, typically 78 ohms.

Connectors /

Provide an electro-mechanical interface to the bus via a variety of concentric twinaxial type devices.


Switching devices used to connect/disconnect portions of the data bus or selected RT's

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