AFL expands tactical fibre deployment solutions

Created April 17, 2018
Technologies and Products

Fibre optic cable and accessories manufacturer AFL, is expanding its rapid deployment ground tactical fibre optics solution to include the new Sidewinder Rapid Cable Deployment System. The company claims the system eases the deployment of tactical fibre optic cables by greatly reducing handling and set up time for portable deployment and retrieval in field conditions.

Michael Gauci, product development manager for AFL says, “The highly transportable reel system is easy to carry with built-in carrying grips. For heavier assemblies or longer transport distances, the unique tripod stand can be converted to a caddy to rapidly and easily relocate the reel,” He adds, “Reels can be locked together using an innovative mechanism which provides four points of contact around the circumference, stabilizing reels for storage and shipping and allowing for deployment of multiple cables simultaneously.”

The Sidewinder reel system is made from a high impact grade polymer that is also light weight and easy to handle. The removable handle enables fast sidewinding action so that cable rigging can be accomplished rapidly. The reel features storage capacity for up to a kilometre of 4-Ch tactical cable and offers convenient access to both ends of the cable by use of a storage flange around the central hub. Additionally, the reel features custom engineered foam inserts that provide for secure storage and protection of cable end terminations inside the drum as well as a built-in storage location for a field cleaning kit or repair kit.
AFL’s tactical fibre optic solutions are designed for use in installations in extreme environmental conditions such as outside broadcast, military tactical, mining and oil and gas applications.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.