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What is MIL-HDBK-217?
The original reliability prediction handbook was MIL-HDBK-217, the Military Handbook for "Reliability Prediction of Electronic Equipment". MIL-HDBK-217 is published by the Department of Defense, based on work done by the Reliability Analysis Center and Rome Laboratory at Griffiss AFB, NY.

The MIL-HDBK-217 handbook contains failure rate models for the various part types used in electronic systems, such as ICs, transistors, diodes, resistors, capacitors, relays, switches, connectors, etc. These failure rate models are based on the best field data that could be obtained for a wide variety of parts and systems; this data is then analyzed and massaged, with many simplifying assumptions thrown in, to create usable models.

The latest version of MIL-HDBK-217 is MIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2 (217F2). You can get a copy of MIL-HDBK-217F2 from any source that provides Mil Specs, Mil Standards, Mil Handbooks, etc. You can also get a free PDF download (see below).

MIL-HDBK-217 Free PDF Download
Helpful Tip: Print this page to use as a reference for the following steps.
1) Go to this web page: http://quicksearch.dla.mil/
2) Type MIL-HDBK-217F in the Document ID field, then click the Search button.
3) In the search results, click the link for "MIL-HDBK-217F(2)".
4) On the Document Details page, near the bottom of the page, there are PDF icons for the various document revision PDF images. To get the complete MIL-HDBK-217F (Notice 2) document, download these (3) PDF files: "Revision F", "Revision F Change Notice 1", and "Revision F Change Notice 2". You can then print them out, and assemble the pages as required by the change notices.

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