Cable Performance & Specifications

Engineered with a unique buffering system, our ribbon cables offer the right amount of durability to provide reliable protection under challenging airborne and land conditions. Our most rugged version, designed primarily for outside-the-box applications, includes an extruded polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) orange outer jacket, strength member and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) binder. A composite buffer with an index stripe to mark the position of each fiber core completes the design. GORE Fiber Optic Ribbon Cables for Aerospace & Defense also offer other benefits compared to the competition, like:


Our ribbon cables maintain high-bandwidth communications up to 12 channels on advanced airborne and military digital networks. They bring consistent signal integrity with low optical, offering uninterrupted data and video transmission at speeds up to 100 Gb/s long after alternatives have succumbed to harsh conditions.


A compact design and small bend radius increase flexibility and simplify the routing process in cramped areas, saving valuable weight, time and resources. We offer our ribbon cables in a single-mode core type, as well as OM1 to OM4 multi-mode and OM1 & OM2 multi-mode, graded index to minimize modal dispersion.


GORE Fiber Optic Ribbon Cables for Aerospace & Defense are compatible with many high-speed aerospace and defense MT connector systems and backshells. For exact part numbers, tooling information and termination instructions, contact the specific manufacturer, such as Amphenol®, COTSWORKS®, Glenair® and Radiall.

Meeting Stringent Standards across Various Applications

Like every product we manufacture, GORE Fiber Optic Ribbon Cables for Aerospace & Defense are thoroughly tested and pre-qualified to ensure they meet stringent industry standards, including the following:

  • ABD0031 (AITM 2.0005); BSS7230; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part I: Flammability
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0008B); BSS7238; FAR Part 25, Appendix F, Part V: Smoke Density
  • ABD0031 (AITM 3.0005); BSS7239: Toxicity
  • MIL-STD-202, Method 103: Humidity
  • MIL-STD-810, Method 509: Salt Fog
  • MIL-STD-810, Method 510: Sand and Dust

Their compliance makes Gore’s high data rate ribbon cables an ideal match for avionics and vectronics digital networks, high-definition streaming video systems, Ethernet backbone usage, flight management systems, transceivers and weather radar systems.

How to Order GORE Fiber Optic Ribbon Cables

Our ribbon cables are available in standard sizes through a number of authorized distributors. Gore's part numbers include the following and are identified by an asterisk designating the core type followed by an asterisk designating the number of fibers (i.e., 4, 8, or 12):


  • FON1214/1/*
  • FON1214/2/*
  • FON1214/4/*
  • FON1214/5/*
  • FON1214/6/*
  • FON1256/*/*


  • FON1551
  • FOA8100/*/*

Tested, pre-qualified samples with short lead times could also be available for this product based on in-stock availability. For more information about Gore's ribbon cables and other fiber options and core types, contact a Gore representative today. We’ll be happy to discuss your exact application and the specific characteristic limits you require, as well as recommend any other Gore aerospace and defense solutions that may benefit your application.

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