Fiber optic networks are the main data communications medium on the U.S. navy’s surface ships and submarines. They provide the high bandwidth that today’s data-intensive systems require, as well as immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and significant weight and space advantages over copper cable. Virtually every mission critical system on modern ships now uses fiber optic networks, from weapons systems to communication, navigation, radar and sonar systems, infrastructure management, and real time monitoring and control to enable a state-of-the-art navy ship to fulfill its mission.
Since the first days of military aviation, the mission has depended on maximum situational awareness so aircrews can “see first, strike first” or take evasive action. Today, that superior awareness depends on unprecedented amounts of data delivered and exchanged between aircraft systems in real time.
A Navy ManTech funded development program entitled Fiber Optic Interconnect Technology (FOIT) was developed to advance manufacturing technology associated with high reliability/ performance fiber optic assemblies.
Photonics, with its virtually infinite bandwidth, electrical noise immunity, small size, low cost, and increased capacity are inserted into a number of military platforms to handle higher data rates and larger traffic volumes. Such increased data rates between the various subsystems drive the interconnect solution to be fiber optics.