Cable installations for military shipboards should meet specific standards to ensure safety, reliability, and functionality. Today’s military shipboard cables are designed to meet the challenging environments, especially the marine environments. The weather conditions, the salt, the mechanical forces, and other elements that characterize marine environments require that cables be designed with great engineering technology to ensure safety of people and can withstand the conditions. The RSCC Aerodefense MIL-DTL-17 Coaxial and Navsea Triaxial Low Smoke Radio Frequency Shipboard Wire Cableare made to meet US Navy requirements. Here are the elements that are critically looked at.

The smoke release

The marine environment, especially navy operations exhibit certain features. The ships and vessels may be on combat missions. Heat, flame, and fire are likely to occur. If you have cables that have elements or components likely to heat up and release smoke, it could be dangerous for the military personnel. The cables used to wire shipboard systems such as radio communication systems and the radar system should meet the standards. Most of the shipboard cables are low smoke release. They are insulated and jacketed with materials that are zero halogen or halogen free including polyolefin.

Release of toxins

Another important thing that is examined when producing the shipboard cables is the toxicity release. They should not be designed of materials likely to release toxics. The RSCC Aerodefense MIL-DTL-17 Coaxial cables for instance contain no mercury, asbestos, or other harmful substances that could harm people in those environments. From the insulation, the jacket, shield to armors, these materials need not produce harmful substances or toxins even under the exposure of fire.

Protection from fire and flame

The MIL-DTL-17 coaxial cables are insulated and jacketed using materials that are fire retardant and flame resistance. This means that if the cables are exposed to flame or fire, they will not get damaged. In the event they burn, they do not release harmful fumes and gases that may poison or chock the people. Zero halogen, low smoke cross-linked polyolefin (XLPO) is used as a jacket for these cables.

MIL-DTL-17 (MIL-C-17) coaxial cables provide a cost-effective solution if you need to make installations requiring low loss and stable operations. Most standardization for these cables have been made to conform to the requirement for return loss, swept frequencies, and attenuation. Whenever you are buying an MIL-C-17 coaxial cable, there are several things you must look at. You need to examine the impedance, the working voltage, environmental temperature, power rating, signal loss within different frequencies and the cost. When you know what you look for in shipboard cable, you can be able to save yourself the agony of installing the wrong wire or risking causing safety risks.

MIL-DTL-17 cables are considered reliable and versatile. While they have found usage in military naval shipboards, they are also ideal for use in aerospace applications. For example, they can be used to provide secure communications. They are used as antennas for the ground support systems. MIL-DTL-17 cables may be used in radar systems, and flight guidance equipment.  

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