Project Description

TFOCA Multi-Channel Fiber Optic Connectors

Physical Contact Connectors – Hermaphroditic Connectors

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In 1999, Amphenol Fiber Systems International (AFSI) designed the TFOCA connector series as a direct replacement for the connector portion of the US Army’s legacy TFOCA (Tactical Fiber Optic Cable Assembly) equipment. This connector series has become known simply as “TFOCA.” The AFSI TFOCA series has been formally approved by CECOM (US Army Communications Electronics Command Fort Monmouth, New Jersey) and meets the performance criteria as specified in MIL-C-83526. In addition, AFSI is fully qualified and formally approved by CECOM to fabricate cable assemblies using the AFSI TFOCA connector. These assemblies have been tested in accordance with MIL-C-49292.

The TFOCA connector is a hermaphroditic design utilized for tactical deployable communications systems. This genderless characteristic allows for concatenations of cable assemblies without regard for connector interface compatibility.

The ruggedized connector and housing will withstand the repeated handling and mating cycles typically required for rapid fiber optic cable deployment and retrieval in a tactical environment.

Benefits

The TFOCA’s unique design and environmentally protected construction provide protection from high compressive and tensile loads. Seals at every interface ensure outstanding resistance to moisture penetration. The cable termination is designed to firmly anchor the cable Kevlar® strength members to the connector housing without special tooling. The AFSI TFOCA connectors can be terminated and repaired in the field using existing US Army equipment or the AFSI TFOCA Termination Kit (P/N KTBK7000).

Benefits

The TFOCA’s unique design and environmentally protected construction provide protection from high compressive and tensile loads. Seals at every interface ensure outstanding resistance to moisture penetration. The cable termination is designed to firmly anchor the cable Kevlar® strength members to the connector housing without special tooling. The AFSI TFOCA connectors can be terminated and repaired in the field using existing US Army equipment or the AFSI TFOCA Termination Kit (P/N KTBK7000).

Features

  • Hermaphroditic design ideal for deployable conditions
  • Replacement for US Army and US Marine Corps legacy TFOCA (AT&T)
  • Multimode
  • Field maintainable and repairable
  • Biconic termini

Applications

  • Military Tactical Deployable Communication Systems
  • Legacy US Army Systems
  • Legacy US Marine Corps Systems

Specifications

Description Measurement/Detail
Number of Channels 2-channels
Optical Loss (typical) (MM) 0.6 dB
Field Maintainable Only requires common tools (screwdriver); no special tools required
Fiber Type 50/125 Radiation hard fiber available (phosphorus free)
Insertion Loss 50/125 Multimode fiber -0.6db typical
Operating Temperature -10°C to +75°C
Mud Per MIL-C-83526 /12 and /13
Shock EIA/TIA-455-14, Condition A
Vibration MIL-STD-1344, Method 2005.1
Cable Retention 400 lb minimum per EIA/TIA-455-6 (applies to plug)
Twist 1000 cycles per EIA/TIA-455-36
Cable Seal Flexing 100 cycles per MIL-STD-1344, Method 2017, Procedure I
Mating Durability 2000 cycles per EIA/TIA-455-21
Water Pressure Per MIL-C-83526 /12 /13 requirements
Ice Crush/Freezing Water Immersion Per MIL-C-83526 /12 /13 requirements
Impact Per EIA/TIA-455-2
Crush Resistance 450 lb minimum per EIA/TIA-455-26
Flammability MIL-STD-1344, Method 1012