AFL Develops Rapid Deployment System for Tactical Fiber Optic Cables

  • AFL

SPARTANBURG, SC — AFL, a manufacturer of fiber optic cable and accessories, is expanding its rapid deployment ground tactical fiber optics solution to include the new Sidewinder Rapid Cable Deployment System. This system eases the deployment of tactical fiber optic cables by greatly reducing handling and set up time for portable deployment and retrieval in field conditions.

“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,” said Michael Gauci, product development manager for AFL. “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 kilometer 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.

Supporting Industrial and Harsh Environment Fiber Markets
“In conjunction with AFL’s complete line of tactical cables, the new Sidewinder Rapid Cable Deployment System enables our partners to quickly and reliably deploy networks capable of supporting high bandwidth applications,” stated Craig Stratton, market and business development manager for AFL. "By continuing to expand our ground tactical solution, AFL is providing even more value to our partners in industrial and harsh environment fiber optic markets.”


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