Accession Number : ADP005283

Title :   Rapid Payout and Retrieval of Tactical Fiber-Optic Cables,

Corporate Author : ITT ELECTRO-OPTICAL PRODUCTS DIV ROANOKE VA

Personal Author(s) : Mikolajewski,F. T. ; Coon,R. ; Hickson,R. W. ; Wright,J.

Report Date : NOV 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : A key element in a highly mobile military communications system is the speed with which the system can become operational in rapidly changing areas of battle. The advent of optical fiber based cable has radically changed the nature of military voice and data transmission by greatly increasing information capacity and permitting longer distance between repeaters or end users. Reduced cable size and weight permit multi-kilometer lengths of cable to be transported to battle areas. However, a major limitation to voice or data transmission operational status is the slow process of deploying tactical cable assemblies in the field. This paper discusses two methods for rapid payout of a lightweight, single optical fiber cable assembly for use in point to point voice communications. This paper also discusses a rewinding method capable of recovering cable assemblies in the field for subsequent redeployment. (Author)

Descriptors :   *FIBER OPTICS, *CABLES, TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, VOICE COMMUNICATIONS, DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, RECOVERY, WINDING

Subject Categories : Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE