MIL-W-16878 Cable Designation

All MIL-W-16878 and MIL-DTL-16878 cables are designated by a six field code that indicates the exact construction of each cable. Please note the following example of a MIL-W-16878/5-DCB-2 or MIL-DTL-16878- DCB-2 cables.

Cable Description: MIL-W-16878/5 -DCB-2
                                                      (1)     (2)  (3)(4)(5) (6)  

Prefix (1): All MIL-W-16878 cables will carry this prefix.
  Specification Number (2):

This number code position identifies the type, voltage rating, insulation, nominal wall
thickness, conductor coating, and maximum temperature rating of the cable.

Conductor Material (3): This letter code position identifies the material the conductor is made of.
Conductor Size (4): This letter code position identifies the wire size.
Conductor Stranding (5): This letter code position identifies the conductor stranding.
Color Code (6): This number designates the color of the insulation material.

Specification Number

Military Specification Type Voltage Rating (RMS) Insulation Nominal Wall
Thickness
(in) (mm)
Conductor Coating * Temp. Rating Max. (C)

MIL-DTL-16878 /1

B 600 PVC 0.01 0.254 Tin 105

MIL-DTL-16878 /2

C 1,000 PVC 0.015 0.381 Tin 105

MIL-DTL-16878 /3

D 3,000 PVC 0.03 0.762 Tin 105

MIL-W-16878 /4 NEMA HP-3

E 600 PTFE 0.01 0.254 Silver 200

MIL-W-16878 /5 NEMA HP-3

EE 1,000 PTFE 0.015 0.381 Silver 200

MIL-W-16878 /6 NEMA HP-3

ET 250 PTFE 0.006 0.152 Silver 200

MIL-W-16878 /11 NEMA HP-4

K 600 FEP 0.01 0.254 Silver 200

MIL-W-16878 /12 NEMA HP-4

KK 1,000 FEP 0.015 0.381 Silver 200

MIL-W-16878 /13 NEMA HP-4

KT 250 FEP 0.006 0.152 Silver 200

MIL-DTL-16878 /17

BN 600 PVC / Nylon 0.01 0.254 Tin 105 / 115

MIL-DTL-16878 /18

CN 1000 PVC / Nylon 0.015 0.381 Tin 105 / 115

MIL-DTL-16878 /19

DN 3000 PVC / Nylon 0.03 0.762 Tin 105 / 115

MIL-W-16878 /20 NEMA HP-3

250 PTFE tape 0.006 0.152 Silver 200

MIL-W-16878 /21 NEMA HP-3

600 PTFE tape 0.01 0.254 Silver 200

MIL-W-16878 /22 NEMA HP-3

1,000 PTFE tape 0.015 0.381 Silver 200

MIL-W-16878 /23 NEMA HP-3

ET 250 PTFE 0.006 0.152 Nickel 260

MIL-W-16878 /24 NEMA HP-3

250 PTFE tape 0.006 0.152 Nickel 260

MIL-W-16878 /25 NEMA HP-3

E 600 PTFE 0.01 0.254 Nickel 260

MIL-W-16878 /26 NEMA HP-3

600 PTFE tape 0.01 0.254 Nickel 260

MIL-W-16878 /27 NEMA HP-3

EE 1,000 PTFE 0.015 0.381 Nickel 260

MIL-W-16878 /28 NEMA HP-3

1,000 PTFE tape 0.015 0.381 Nickel 260
* Coatings are those listed in the Military Specification, others available upon request.


Conductor Material
B coated copper
C coated copper
covered steel
D coated high
strength
copper alloy
E coated copper
with overall
metallic coating


Conductor Material
Number
Designation
Color
0 black
1 brown
2 red
3 orange
4 yellow
5 green
6 blue
7 violet
(purple)
8 gray
(slate)
9 white
    
Conductor
Size
Letter AWG
A 32
B 30
C 28
D 26
E 24
F 22
G 20
H 18
J 16
K 14
L 12
M 10
N 8
P 6
R 4
S 2
T 1
U 0
W 00
Y 000
Z 0000
    
Conductor
Stranding
Letter Number
of
Strands
A 1 (solid)
B 7
C 10
D 16
E 19
F 26
G 37
H 41
J 65
K 105
L 133
M 168
N 259
P 665
R 817
S 1,045
T 1,330
V 1,672
W 2,109
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