FOCSE Fiber Optic Kit Will Aid Fleet Repairs
The Navy has developed new fiber-optic support equipment that will decrease the number of aircraft avionics systems turned in for repair and recertification.
The Fiber Optic Common Support Equipment (FOCSE), which began delivery to the fleet in early September, was developed by engineers with the Aviation Support Equipment Program Office (PMA-260) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River and allows technicians to check fiber-optic cables, reducing unnecessary replacement of functional avionics equipment.
Fiber-optic systems have been used for years to replace cumbersome copper wiring and cables on everything from modern military aircraft to the wiring bringing cable TV into homes, however, the lighter and faster fiber-optic links require specialized systems to maintain them.
Source: AIR-1.0 Public Affairs