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Sidewinder from AFL eases tactical fibre deployment

AFL has expanded its range of ground tactical fibre optics products for fast deployment with the Sidewinder Rapid Cable Deployment System.

The Sidewinder reel system is made from a high impact grade polymer that is also lightweight and easy to handle. The removable handle enables fast sidewinding action so that cable rigging can be accomplished rapidly, helping to ease the deployment of tactical fibre optic cables by reducing handling and set up time for portable deployment and retrieval in field conditions.

The reel additionally features storage capacity for up to a kilometre of 4-Ch tactical cable and offers convenient access to both ends of the cable by use of a storage flange around the central hub. Additionally, the Sidewinder features custom engineered foam inserts that provide secure storage and protection of cable-end terminations inside the drum as well as a built-in storage location for a field cleaning or repair kit.

Michael Gauci, product development manager for AFL explained: ‘The highly transportable reel system is easy to carry with built-in carrying grips. For heavier assemblies or longer transport distances, the unique tripod stand can be converted to a caddy to rapidly and easily relocate the reel. Reels can be locked together using an innovative mechanism which provides four points of contact around the circumference, stabilising reels for storage and shipping and allowing for deployment of multiple cables simultaneously.’


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