How to Use Our Military Specification Cross-Reference Guide

We recently uploaded a cross-reference guide to our website that compares Strand Core Part Numbers to their corresponding military specifications. This chart is free to download at, and includes everything you need to know about the cable construction, lay direction, and part numbers. This blog will walk you through the different pages of our reference material so you can use the guide with confidence.

The first page of the cross-reference guide is dedicated to our bare MIL-DTL-83420 aircraft cable. Traditionally, there are two styles of aircraft cable specified in MIL-DTL-83420, Type 1, which is bare, and Type 2, which is jacketed. Strand Core offers exclusively Type 1, bare aircraft cable as seen in the sub-heading of each section under the material composition.

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Next to the material type, you will find the material composition which is designated by the letters A and B. Comp. A is galvanized steel, and Comp. B is corrosion resistant 302/304 stainless steel. So, if you were looking for bare, galvanized aircraft cable, you would look in the Type 1, Comp A section. If you were looking for bare, stainless aircraft cable, you would look in the Type 1, Comp B section.

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Page 2 of our cross reference guide includes call outs for MIL-DTL-87161, MIL-DTL-83140, and MIL-W-18242B aircraft cable. Quick Note: MIL-DTL-87161 is available in stainless steel with a 1x19 construction, and includes both right lay and left lay options for each designation. When ordering a MIL-DTL-87161 cable, do not forget to specify the lay direction, as each configuration has its own Strand Core Part Number.

Strand Core is listed on the Qualified Producers List for MIL-DTL-83420, MIL-DTL-83140, MIL-DTL-18375 and MTL-DTL- 87161. For more information about our military specifications, visit where you can download detailed data sheets for each call out and learn about the qualities of each call out.

To download a copy of our Military Specification Cross-Reference Guide, visit and view our full range of aircraft cable products at Our wire rope craftsmen are always available to answer any questions, resolve any concerns, or provide timely quotes through our website.

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