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Amphenol Aerospace Fiber Optics

Fiber Optic Interconnects

Amphenol Aerospace offers a wide range of fiber optic interconnect solutions for use in the harsh environments found in military and aerospace applications. From multiple fiber optic termini options to connectors to custom cable assemblies, Amphenol can provide solutions for virtually any fiber optics need.

Amphenol Aerospace has established the rugged and reliable MIL-DTL-38999 as a common connector shell platform that houses a wide variety of fiber optic termini including MIL-PRF-29504 commercial equivalent, HDF20, ARINC 801 and MT ferrules.

MIL-DTL-38999 Series III Tri-Start connectors are available in various insert arrangements, materials and finishes to meet any type of environmental requirement. Our MIL-PRF-29504 style and HD20 termini can be combined with most of our copper contacts to create a large assortment of hybrid fiber/copper connector combinations.

Amphenol Aerospace also supplies a wide range of rectangular interconnect products containing MIL-PRF-29504 style, HD20 and MT Fiber Optic termini. Our rectangular interconnect products include a variety of applications including LRM surface mount and rack & panel styles - all available in hybrid fiber/copper configurations.

Fiber Optic Interconnects Catalog

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CF38999 Multi-Channel Fiber Optic Connector

The Industry Standard for Fiber Optics

  • Meets or exceeds MIL-DTL-38999 Series III requirements
  • EMI Shielding-solid metal-to-metal coupling, grounding fingers, electroless nickel plating, and thicker wall sections provide superior EMI shielding capability of 65dB min. at 10 GHz.
  • Termini Protection-recessed pins in this 100% scoop-proof connector minimize potential termini damage
  • Corrosion Resistance-shells of stainless steel or cadmium over nickel plating withstand 500 hr. salt spray exposure
  • Vibration/Shock-operates under severe high temperature vibration
  • Threaded coupling quickly and completely mates in one 360° turn of the coupling nut

Additional, composite connectors features include:

  • Lightweight - 17%-70% weight savings
  • Increased Corrosion Resistance-olive drab cadmium (175°C) and electroless nickel plating (200°C) both withstand 2000 hours of salt spray exposure.
  • Durability-1500 couplings minimum (in reference to connector couplings, not termini)

CF38999 Connector Catalog

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ARINC 801 Fiber Optic Connectors

Amphenol now offers a multi-channel circular connector that complies with the ARINC specification. This connector, available in straight plug and wall mount receptacle, uses the ARINC 801 ceramic termini.

Features & Benefits

  • Uses precision ARINC 801 fiber optic termini (typical multi-mode insertion loss is less than 0.15 dB).
  • Removable alignment sleeve insert for easy cleaning of fiber optic termini.
  • Three stages of alignment: shell-to-shell keys, guide pins and ceramic alignment sleeves.
  • Includes all of the features of standard D38999 straight plug and wall mount receptacle shells
    • Scoop-proof design
    • Option for alternate keys and keyways
    • Rear accessory threads
    • Standard insertion/extraction tools (M81969/14-03)

ARINC 801 Catalog

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D38999 III, MT Ferrule

Amphenol offers a multi-channel circular connector with high density MT fiber optics.

Features & Benefits

  • High fiber density in a relatively small circular connector package with all the advantages of the MIL-DTL-38999, Series III connector
  • Three levels of alignment provide for precision fiber-to-fiber interface:Shell-to-shell with keying to allow for alternate positions
  • Insert plug to insert receptacle
  • MT contact guide pins
  • Compatible with 12-fiber, 24-fiber, or 48-fiber MT ferrules in multi-mode PC, single mode PC, and single mode APC configu­rations
  • Two arrangements are available, shell size 11 with one ferrule, and shell size 21 with four ferrules
  • Up to 48 fiber channels in a size 11 shell
  • Up to 192 fiber channels in a size 11 shell

Amphenol MT38999 connectors for use with MT ferrule termini can be ordered by coded part number.

D38999 III, MT Ferrule Catalog

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MIL-PRF-29504 Style Termini

MIL-PRF-29504 fiber optic termini are designed for use in size 16 legacy D38999 Series III and CF38999 connectors. CF38999 are the same as the standard D38999 connectors, except they hold tighter tolerances on shell keying and insert geometry. These termini offer high optical performance available in single and multi-mode.

Features & Benefits

  • .35 dB typical insertion loss
  • Precision ceramic ferrules which precisely position the fiber within the termini.
  • Available with metal or ceramic alignment sleeves
  • Stainless steel termini bodies and springs.
  • Allows for multiple fiber accommodations.

MIL-PRF-29504 Catalog

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ARINC 801 Multi-Channel Termini

ARINC 801 termini are designed for use in Amphenol ARINC 801 fiber optic connectors-manufactured to comply with ARINC 801. Termini are available with both PC and APC endface finishes.

Features & Benefits

  • Designed for use in Amphenol ARINC 801 fiber optic connectors - manufactured to comply with ARINC 801.
  • Genderless terminus allows for use on both sides of a connector
  • Alignment sleeves are contained in a separate carrier which is removable for easier end-face cleaning
  • Precision ceramic ferrules and sleeves ensure accurate fiber-to-fiber alignment
  • Keyed to provide anti-rotation
  • Available with both PC and APC end-face finishes
  • Terminus body is crimped to the cable providing a “Pull-Proof” advantage

Multi-Channel Termini Catalog

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MT Ferrule Termini

Designed for use in Amphenol MT38999 circular connectors and also for rectangular products: printed circuit board interconnects, LRM, VME64 and VITA46 interconnects.

Amphenol ARINC 801 Termini Features

  • Male and female ferrules available in either multi-mode or single mode designs.
  • Very high density can be achieved in cylindrical connectors:
  • Up to 24 fiber channels in a size 11 composite shell
  • Up to 96 fiber channels in a size 21 composite shell
  • Amphenol supplies MT termini assemblies in kits, minus the MT ferrule. MT ferrules that meet the IEC1754-5 specification are rec­ommended for use.
  • Assembly tool 11-100000-000 is recommended for MT termini assembly into connectors; MT contact removal tool CF-008025-000 is also available.

MT Ferrule Termini Catalog

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Circular Connectors Brochure

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Mil-Spec to Commercial Prefix Guide

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2016 Authorization Letter

2016 Authorization Letter

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