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Aerospace Universal Joints

Innovative Universal Joint Solutions for Mission Critical Applications

Aerospace and Defense Universal JointsBelden Universal's Aerospace and Military Standard Universal Joints (also called cardan joints) are widely requested for private, commercial and military aircraft. They are manufactured to perform according to the most rigorous operating criteria. Our components deliver low torsional backlash, high strength-to-weight ratios and long service life.



Belden is able to provide high-strength pin and block custom universal joints and drive shaft assemblies including torque tubes using a variety of hub and connection methods, internal and external splines.


Military Standard Universal Joints

Belden’s military MilSpec U-Joints meet or exceed MIL-DTL-6193 specifications. In special cases, when measured against stringent quality controls, Belden’s standard military universal joints can also be deployed in aerospace applications, including steering, wing flap control, fuel actuation, door mechanisms, and more.



Belden Universal has achieved AS9100D Certification for manufacturing products in compliance with the highest global quality system for providing safe and reliable products to the Aircraft, Space and Defense (AS&D) industry. In certain aspects, Belden’s capabilities surpass some of the most stringent AS9100 standards. Read Press Release.


Materials and special coatings for high strength-to-weight ratio and extreme corrosive environments include precipitation hardened stainless steels 17-4 / 15-5 PH, cadmium, zinc or zinc-nickel plated alloy steel, aluminum, aircraft grade alloys and marine grade 316 and 316L stainless steel.


Digitzed Inspection Records

For easier maintenance of data, Belden employs a paperless inspection system. As opposed to traditional paper records where the operator manually checks off inspection and tool requirements, the software automates, simplifies and speeds up procedures and allows all members of the production team to view live data at any time. It specifies what features to measure, the proper tools for measuring and selects inspection specifications for the various features and pieces. 


In-House Testing

Aircraft Universal Joint

To ensure the optimal performance of parts through thousands of operation cycles, Belden custom built a state-of-the-art in-house testing machine which provides immediate feedback on performance. Belden’s setup is exceptionally efficient, with a superior test cell that benefits customers through faster delivery times and lower costs.



Application Examples

  • High-Lift Actuation
  • Control & Steering
  • Fuel & Throttle Control
  • Missile Launch Mechanisms
  • Robotic Arms (ROV Operation)
  • Auxillary Systems
  • Hinges & Latching
  • Testing & more