Stringent requirements are a given for unmanned applications. OFS’ extensive fibre capabilities plus coating and cabling material options allow us to build specialty optical fibres into varied cable configurations including miniaturized versions. OFS Micro-Links (µlinx™) Fibre Optic Cables are designed for unmanned applications and combine high strength, very small size, excellent bend performance and abrasion resistance. These micro fibre optic cables have an outer diameter of only 0.8 mm, the thickness of a credit card, yet contain aramid strength members for enhanced performance in tactical applications.
Two constructions are offered: µlinx Avionics Fibre Optic Cables for use in both manned and unmanned aircraft and µlinx Tether Fibre Optic Cables for use with unmanned ground vehicles. Both designs are available with single-mode, 50 µm multimode, or 62.5 µm multimode graded-index optical fibre.
µlinx Avionics Fibre Optic Cables are designed to offer optimal performance in the avionics environment where high reliability, light weight and high temperature performance are absolutely necessary. Weighing only 0.7 grams/m, the silicone/acrylate coated fibre is braided with aramid yarn for high strength and cabled with an ETFE jacket for abrasion and chemical resistance. The temperature range is -65 to 150 °C. This cable has passed the FAR 60° burn test plus flame, smoke, and toxicity tests as well as many other tests defined in ARINC 802. OFS has a long history of manufacturing optical fibre and cables for defense and commercial aircraft and recommends µlinx Avionics Fibre Optic Cables for communication systems on manned and unmanned aircraft.
µlinx Tether Fibre Optic Cables are designed to perform in rough terrain this small but tough cable creates a reliable data link for unmanned ground vehicles. Constructed with acrylate-coated fibres followed by aramid yarn, the outer jacket is an abrasion resistant Hytrel® that makes for a cable that is both highly durable and flexible.