GORE® Fibre Channel Cables for Defense Aircraft

Proven on many airborne platforms, our low-dielectric cable geometry maximizes the performance of quadrax cable constructions. Commercial high-speed interconnects from Gore enhance noise immunity, improve EMI suppression and maintain signal integrity because successful missions depend on constant real-time communications.

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Fiber Channel Cables for Aircraft

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Overview

Today’s aircraft environment requires cables that can carry loads of data at higher speeds in advanced avionics. Aircraft cables are also subjected to challenging conditions and must be able to survive extreme temperatures, tricky wiring in less space, and harsh contaminants to name a few. Cables play a key role in system performance and can quickly fail if they get damaged or break, putting missions and aircrews at risk.

Consistent Signal Integrity

GORE Fibre Channel Cables enhance noise immunity and EMI suppression while maintaining consistent signal integrity at data rates up to 1 GHz in hazardous aircraft environments. We use the field cancellation properties of a balanced quadrax cable design, so our high-speed cables can transmit 2 differential signals within the same shield without interfering with each other.

We also boost durability and protection with our unique materials that resist high temps, harsh chemicals, contaminants, and more. Our cables are proven on many airborne platforms like the F-16, F-18 and AV8B. Aircrews can always depend on receiving crucial information in real-time with our cables installed in the aircraft they fly.

Low-Dielectric Cable Geometry
Smaller size of GORE Fibre Channel Cables

Low-dielectric cable geometry

Our innovative fluoropolymer technologies deliver cables that have a smaller diameter compared to dual twisted pair cables. These fibre channel cables have a quadrax design that’s 40% smaller, which also makes them lighter weight without sacrificing toughness. They’re built to last and perform reliably for as long as the aircraft remains in service. Our low-dielectric cables are also more flexible with a tighter bend radius making aircraft wiring much easier during routing for maintainers.

 

 

Fibre Channel Cable construction
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Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) jacket

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Aluminized polyimide shield

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Color-coded composite dielectric

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Silver-plated copper alloy conductor

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FEP filler

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ePTFE binder

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Braided shield

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Tough construction of GORE Fibre Channel Cables

Applications

GORE Fibre Channel Cables are engineered to perform reliably in a variety of aircraft applications, including:

  • active electronically-scanned arrays (AESA)
  • advanced mission computers
  • cabin/flight management systems
  • tactical aircraft moving maps

If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.

Benefits

GORE Fibre Channel Cables provide aircraft system architects and engineers with many benefits that improve electrical and mechanical performance such as:

  • enhanced noise immunity and EMI suppression while maintaining consistent signal integrity up to 1 GHz
  • balanced design enables 2 differential signals to transmit within the same shield without interference
  • increased durability with materials resistant to wide temperatures and chemicals
  • low-dielectric quadrax geometry is 40% smaller than dual twisted pair cables
  • easier routing due to lightweight design, excellent flexibility, and tighter bend radius
  • compatible with variety of high-speed aerospace connector systems/backshells
  • selected pre-qualified samples with short lead times for prototyping and evaluation
  • low technical risk based on validated product performance in real-world conditions

For more information about the benefits of our cables, please contact a Gore representative.

Properties

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Fibre Channel Cables.

Electrical Property Value
Standard Impedance (Ohms) 150 ± 10
Typical Operating Voltage Rating (V) < 15
Nominal Velocity of Propagation (%) 87
Nominal Time Delay ns/m (ns/ft) 4.0 (1.22)
Capacitance pF/m (pF/ft) 28.2 (8.6)
Typical Skew Within Pair ps/m (ps/ft) 3.0 (0.9)
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage (Vrms)
  Conductor-to-Conductor
  Conductor-to-Shield
 
1500
1000
Mechanical / Environmental Property Value
Jacket Material FEP
Jacket Color Black
Conductor Silver-Plated Copper Alloy
Conductor Color-Coding Black/White Stripe, Blue/White Stripe, Green/White Stripe, Solid White
Dielectric Material ePTFE
Temperature Range (°C) -65 to +200
Part Number & Drawing

Download the drawing to view cable characteristics like diameter, weight, minimum bend radius and insertion loss.

Part Number AWG Size (Stranding)
RCN8328 26 (7/34)

 

Qualifications

GORE Fibre Channel Cables have undergone substantial qualification testing to ensure they meet the most current industry standards and our customers’ requirements.

  • ABD0031 (AITM 2.0005); BSS7230; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part I: Flammability
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0005); BSS7239: Toxicity
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0008B); BSS7238; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part V: Smoke Density
  • ANSI/NEMA WC 27500: Environmental Testing, Jacket and Marking
  • ANSI X3.303: Fibre Channel Physical and Signaling Interface-3 (FC-PH-3)
  • EN3475-503: Test Methods for Scrape Abrasion
  • SAE AS4373™: Test Methods for Insulated Electric Wire (Contact Gore for available data)

Fill out a short form to receive a complimentary sample of our pre-qualified cables for prototyping and evaluation from our authorized global distributors, Air Cost Control (Europe) or WireMasters (US).

Connector Options

GORE Fibre Channel Cables, 150 ohms, and coaxial cables can be terminated with commercially available connectors to create assemblies for defense applications. Connector options used between-the-box include DB-9 plug and receptacles, and MIL-C-38999 size 11. These connectors provide optimized performance in the smallest possible connector package.

Benefits include:

  • Insert configuration maintains quadrax geometry through the connector interface.
  • Improved Z° match minimizes reflections for clean eye patterns.
  • Standard size 22D contacts provide high reliability and ease of use.
  • Series 3 coupling provides enhanced EMI performance.
Description Gore Part Number Impedance (ohms) Image
M24308/4-1F DB-9 (D-sub) plug Approx. 100 M24308/4-1F

 

M24308/2-1F DB-9 (D-sub) receptacle Approx. 100 M24308/2-1F

 

MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (plug), military (composite) FCN1059 150  MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (plug), military (composite)

 

MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (jam nut), military (composite) FCN1058 150 MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (jam nut), military (composite)

 

MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (receptacle), military (composite) FCN1060 150 MIL-DTL-38999 series III, shell size 11 (receptacle), military (composite)

 

Gore also offers a variety of connector options for GORE Fibre Channel Cables used inside-the-box.

Description Image   Description Image
SMP (50 ohm) SMP (50 ohm)   SSMC (50 ohm) SSMC
SMA (50/75 ohm) SMA   MCX (50/75 ohm) MCX

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Gore at 2019 JSWAG/JAvFOWG Technical Interchange Forum

March 11, 2019 - March 14, 2019

Gore will be attending this invitation-only forum to exhibit GORE® Aerospace Cables that ensure aircraft survivability and warfighter readiness and safety. 

Press Release

Gore Offering Fast, Two-Day Turnaround For Complimentary Tethered Drone Cable Samples

Posted January 28, 2019

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) has announced that complimentary samples of GORE® Tethered Drone Cables are now available with short lead times and can be shipped within two business days from the date of the request. Ideal for prototyping and evaluation, samples are available in 16-, 20- and 24-AWG configurations, with length options of 5, 10 and 15 feet.

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See Gore’s Advanced Technical Solutions for Military & Defense at the 2018 Cribbins/ASE Symposiums

November 13, 2018 - November 16, 2018

Come by Booth 103 at this year’s symposiums to check out Gore’s advanced technical solutions for military and defense applications.

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Gore Showing Advanced Technical Solutions for Military & Defense Applications at 2018 Cribbins/ASE Symposiums

Posted November 8, 2018

Gore will be featuring their selection of advanced technical solutions for military and defense applications at the 2018 Cribbins and Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) Symposiums in Huntsville, Alabama on November 13-16, Booth 103.

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