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Revolutionary fiber optic products for military use

Systems interoperability plays a crucial role in modern defense operations in the military sector. It enables different units and armed forces to work together seamlessly, exchange information latency-free and in real time, and use resources efficiently

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Advantages of fiber optic technology in the military environment

For high demands on data rates and fast, interference-free transmissions, fiber optic technology offers the following advantages, which are of decisive importance in the military environment:

  • Transmission range
  • Interception security
  • Latency
  • Weight reduction
  • Scalability
  • Packing density

Variety in the ODU Fiber Optic Portfolio

The ODU Fiber Optic portfolio includes a variety of different connectors and transmission technologies such as POF, Physical Contact, Expanded Beam and Expanded Beam Performance. ODU has developed fiber optic only and hybrid connection solutions across several connector families, thereby combining fiber optic technology, signal and power contacts with different termination cross-sections for a wide range of transmission possibilities.

ODU Fiber Optic Portfolie: POF, Physical Contact, Expanded Beam and Expanded Beam Performance

ODU Fiber Optic Portfolie: POF, Physical Contact, Expanded Beam and Expanded Beam Performance

Applications in military communication networks

Due to the necessity to fulfill high and numerous requirements, especially in the field of military applications, ODU offers fully assembled fiber optic system solutions ex-factory. As a result, this modern technology can be used in a wide range of applications:

  • Communication links with high data transfer rates, such as command posts or operations centers
  • Long-range connections between two or more transmission and reception points
  • Fixed data links in a military context (nodes in port infrastructures, airfields as well as air defense structures)
  • Radio and data distribution points at tactical level, such as forward operating bases (FOBs) or static command posts

Quality and stability for demanding applications

Whether operation in a particularly harsh environment, or a high number of mating cycles or long transmission distances are required: ODU Fiber Optic is the ideal system solution for military applications when speed and reliability are of the essence. The fiber optic solutions are safe, fast and practically not susceptible to interference. ODU delivers quality and stability – for high-performance optical technologies that can serve a wide and demanding range of applications.

Expanded Beam Performance Technology from ODU

The use of fiber optic connectors is often accompanied by a time-consuming cleaning procedure before each mating process. ODU's revolutionary Expanded Beam Performance technology offers high-end transmission characteristics with extremely low attenuation values over many mating cycles. Since there is no direct contact between the contact ends, they are insensitive to dirt and can be cleaned easily. Under operational conditions, the contact transition allows up to 25,000 mating cycles with compressed air cleaning after 5,000 mating cycles. The rugged MIL-STD 38999 qualified enclosures also provide maximum protection in demanding environments.

ODU AMC® Expanded Beam Performance

ODU AMC® Expanded Beam Performance

Compact and lightweight solutions with high signal integrity

ODU AMC® connectors are already smaller, lighter and ready to transmit a high level of signal integrity. The new Expanded Beam Performance series, for example, is also characterized by its smaller footprint of up to 25% compared to conventional Expanded Beam solutions and contains three times the number of integrated optical fibers. Despite their compactness, they offer impressive performance with an insertion loss of less than 0.15 dB, comparable to physical fiber optic contact.

ODU AMC® Expanded Beam Performance Series T size 9 with an outer diameter of less than 19 mm is the world's smallest 12-channel lens connector, ensuring reliable transmission without any loss in the signal path. The excellent optical performance remains unchanged even after a high number of mating cycles, heavy mechanical stress and other environmental influences.

Application-specific and robust connector systems

ODU connectors for military, security and communication technology offer maximum signal integrity thanks to 360° shielding. Five-finger coding and colour coding provide support in extreme situations and prevent mismating. Different configurations are possible even in the smallest installation space. The robust enclosures are waterproof up to IP6K9K, non-reflective and available with different connection types and locking mechanisms.

Robust under high loads and extreme temperatures, resistant to dust, water and vibration, these connectors are optimised for demanding applications due to high resilience and transmission reliability even in the most technically challenging environments.

Future-proof robust fiber optic connectivity

The new ODU Fiber Optic connectors set a milestone in the industry and enable more efficient and reliable data transmission in demanding environments. They are the ideal solution for applications in the defense, aerospace and medical sectors as well as the general industry. With their combination of compactness, scalability, performance and reliability, they are key to the future of rugged fiber optic connectivity.

ODU Group: global representation with perfect connections

The ODU Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of connector systems, employing 2,600 people around the world. In addition to its company headquarters in Muehldorf am Inn (Germany), ODU also has an international distribution network and production sites in Sibiu/Romania, Shanghai/China and Tijuana/Mexico. ODU combines all relevant areas of expertise and key technologies including design and development, machine tooling and special machine construction, injection, stamping, turning, surface technology, assembly and cable assembly. The ODU Group sells its products globally through its sales offices in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Austria, Sweden, UK and the US, as well as through numerous international sales partners. ODU connectors ensure a reliable transmission of power, signals, data and media for a variety of demanding applications including medical technology, military and security, automotive, industrial electronics, and test and measurement.

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