Review of MIL-STD 461 CS118 – Electrostatic Discharge

MIL-STD-461G, released in December 2015, added a test for Personnel Borne Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). Prior to this release, this type of test for electronic systems and sub-systems was managed at the system level under MIL-STD-464C released in 2010. Both of these standards contain similar requirements. MIL-STD-461G provides the details on testing and MIL-STD-464C established the compliance requirements without detail on how to verify compliance.

Prior to 2010, several ESD programs were in use by DoD to provide control measures and in some cases test methods to verify tolerance to ESD events were included. A couple of more common standards have been used and are still active …


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