Fibre Optic Connections Now Widely Used in the Latest Military Systems

In recent years, the military and aerospace sectors have become major adopters of fibre optic technology across a wide variety of land based, shipborne and airborne communications systems. Our Sales Director Nick Wheeler states that the use of fibre optic cable and connector systems is an obvious choice where there is demand for very high data speeds coupled with security and stability in what can often be harsh environments.

When compared to using copper to transfer large volumes of data, fibre optic technology has several significant advantages, namely, weight reduction, volume reduction, natural immunity to electromagnetic emissions, and higher bandwidth and throughput.

“As an assembling distributor for the leading specialist connector manufacturer Souriau-Sunbank by Eaton, we are able to satisfy practically every fibre application using a connector system called ELIO®”, says Nick. “Its clever design allows it to be embedded in several types of connector shell including the established 8D Series/MIL- DTL -38999 circular connector and the rectangular ARINC format that is widely used in aeronautic applications”, he adds.

The 8D Series/MIL-DTL-38999 circular connector is a versatile platform available with many options for both materials and finishes. The Souriau ELIO system also features an optical performance capable of dealing with data speeds up to several Gbit/s. We can supply these 8D Series / MIL-DTL-38999 connector platforms with 1 to 24 contacts in aluminium, composite, stainless steel & bronze shells. Plating finishes include RoHS Compliant Zinc Nickel & Zinc Cobalt.

To further increase the range of applications for the ELIO system, we can provide a custom assembly service offering simplex or duplex cables terminated with Elio to Elio, Elio to LC or SC contacts, or any combination. These are then mated with 8D Series / MIL-DTL-38999 style connectors, back shells and heat shrink boots.

We are a franchised distributor for many of the industry’s leading electrical and electronic connector manufacturers including HUBER+ SUHNER, Souriau, Positronic and Weald Electronics. With a strong commitment to quality with IECQ – CECC, BS9000, ISO and QPL approvals, we have a policy of holding large stocks and are franchised to assemble connectors to customer specific requirements.

Souriau 8D / MIL-DTL-38999 Series III ELIO fibre optic connectors are available here