Connecting bits of military display and communications equipment presents all sorts of challenges from electromagnetic control to temperature tolerance and ruggedness. Even the ability to plug and unplug with gloved hands is vitally important.
So a wide range of connectors are used, most of them on the chunky side of chunky!
The Amphenol 62GB as used on BOWMAN is a good example.
USB is used, there are many robust connectors available.
One of the disadvantages of the existing USB connector is its power handling and orientation specific fit, as we all know, plugging a USB cord in always requires two attempts.
The recently ratified USB Type C connector seeks to address these issues. It has a reversible design with much improved EMI protection and power capacity. It also includes a stanardised radio control channel to radio devices.
No doubt military equipment manufacturers will seek to exploit this new standard in the ongoing quest for ‘one connector to rule them all’