Defence Networks

Defence Networks

Defence network equipment - reliable solutions for your project.

FTI designs and manufactures a range of Fibre Optic Communication Network Equipment for UK & Worldwide Defence Markets

FTI's Fibre Optic Communication Equipment interconnects various Manufacturers of Military Radars (including BAE Systems, Raytheon, Thales and historically Alenia-Marconi, Siemens Plessey). The Network Equipment provides high system-availability, resilient communications including self-healing networks, path protection with auto changeover.

For a joint Missile Tracker project between BAE Systems and Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, FTI designed custom interfaces to allow remoting over Field Deployable Optical Fibre Cable. Later UK MoD required the Fibre Optic Cable operating distance to be increased to facilitate operation at one of its Firing Ranges. Fortunately the design of the original equipment could be upgraded to meet the requirement, at minimal cost.

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A notable example is Alenia-Marconi's Martello S – 743D supplied to the Royal Malasian Air Force. In the first few hours on Saturday, 8th March 2014, MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 hours (Local Time). At 01:22 hours, the aircraft disappeared from secondary radar coverage without any distress call suggesting its transponder had been switched off by someone on the flight deck.

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The Primary Radar Trace produced to the World’s Media a few days after the disappearance of Flight MH370 came from Bukit Puteri Radar, reportedly a Martello S – 743D, with a listed range of 270NM. The Alenia-Marconi S - 743D Radars in Malaysia are networked over field deployable Fibre Optic Cable via FTI's equipment.

Malaysia Airlines scheme

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