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Q: Looking for a very specialised electrical connector ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Looking for a very specialised electrical connector
Category: Science > Technology
Asked by: cfelce-ga
List Price: $55.00
Posted: 05 Jul 2004 12:44 PDT
Expires: 04 Aug 2004 12:44 PDT
Question ID: 369963
HI, As part of a project I am building I need to use the folowing Mil
Spec circular 3 pin connectors,  AFD56-8-33SN-059 female cable mount
plug bayonet type fixing, these are to afix to an existing chassis
mount socket than cannot be changed so I really do need this exact
I am trying to find a source for these connectors, and also I am
trying to find a source of that size and shape connector but hopefully
with solder bucket type terminals not the crimp type terminals that
are on these connectors.
Subject: Re: Looking for a very specialised electrical connector
Answered By: byrd-ga on 06 Jul 2004 14:18 PDT
Hello cfelce-ga,

The number you referenced for the connector you?re seeking is a part
number from a specific manufacturer, in this case, Deutsch Defense/
Aerospace Operations, a German company with a global customer base. 
Their website is here:

For your reference, the government?s designation for the same
connector is MS3476. The MIL-SPEC qualification reference number is
26482-626-84.  This information is on page 25 of the MIL SPEC
Qualification List MIL-C-26482, here:
Also, most places indicate a Series I and II for this MIL-C reference
number, but the MS3476 part is listed as a Series II part.

Deutsch does not sell directly to consumers, but through an
international distribution network, including companies in the U.S.,
UK, Europe and Asia.  Here?s where you can find a list of authorized


A Sales Representative in Texas for one such distributor, Airtechnics,
Inc.,  provided the following quote for your particular part:

AFD56-8-33SN-059 for 1pc:  $20.95  lead time is approximately 2-4wks

with the qualifier that AirTechnics, Inc. has a $150.00 minimum
purchase order, and the above price is guaranteed only for 30 days
from this date.

Addressing the part of your query hoping for a solder bucket-type
terminal vs. a crimp-type terminal, this sales rep stated that the
connectors come in pairs, meaning that the pins in both male and
female halves of the connector must be either solder or crimp type.
Since the connector in the existing unit has crimp-type pins in it,
the mating connector must also have crimp-type pins.  So replacing the
existing AFD56-8-33SN-059 connector with a connector using solder-type
pins cannot be done.

In addition, with the possibility in mind that you may need a tool(s)
to use with this connector, the following tool pricing information was
also supplied:

Crimp Tool:  MS22520-1-01: $237.04 1-2wks ARO
Position Tool: MS22520/1-02: $75.59 1-2wks ARO

If you?d like to contact Airtechnics directly, the contact info is:
Airtechnics, Inc.
1431 Greenway, Ste. 150
Irving, TX 75038
Phone: 888-921-9979
Fax:  972-870-0199

Of course, AirTechnics is only one distributor and these figures may
be considered reference only should you choose to follow up with
another.  If and when you do, the Airtechnics sales rep also stated 
that you should confirm with your local distributor that the correct 
strain relief is specified when ordering the connector, as several 
options for strain reliefs are available, based on the type of cable 
being used.


Additional possible sources:

- The website indicates this company has one AFD56-8-33SN-059
connector in stock.  Click on the link, and copy/paste the part number
into the search box to retrieve the information:

Farmingdale, NJ (USA)
- A search for the exact Deutsch part number here returned the
information that the AFD56-8-33SN-059 part is either already in stock
or on order.  Type the number into the box and select ?Deutsch? as
the company.  Here?s the search page:

Valhalla, NY (USA)
- This company lists Deutsch among the manufacturers whose products it
handles, and states that if it does not have the part you need in its
inventory, it will get one for you. You will need to fill out a RFQ
form on their site.

- Also lists Deutsch among the manufacturers of connectors it carries.


I hope you will find the information provided above useful for your
needs in obtaining this specific part.  If anything isn?t clear, or
you have any difficulty, please do use the ?Request Clarification?
 feature to ask before rating and closing your question, so I can be
sure you have what you need.  Good luck on your project!

Best wishes,

Search strategy:

I began by consulting with an electrical engineer of my acquaintance,
who, using his inside industry knowledge, provided the MIL-SPEC number
and reference, as well as the name of the manufacturer, the quote from
a local distributor, and one additional source, i.e. the Spacecraft
Components Corp.

Expanding upon that information, I then searched further, using the
supplied numbers as search terms, i.e.
[Deutsch  AFD56-8-33SN-059]
to locate other additional possible sources for obtaining the part in
Subject: Re: Looking for a very specialised electrical connector
From: corwin02-ga on 05 Jul 2004 14:29 PDT

if they don't have it they find it for you
Subject: Re: Looking for a very specialised electrical connector
From: araabau-ga on 23 Jan 2005 20:13 PST
You could probably try

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