Success on the High Seas: Comtran’s DEFENSE-LINK™ Meets Navy Demand
Attleboro, MA – Since achieving NAVSEA qualification for MIL-DTL-24643/59 telecom cables on all U.S. Navy vessels, the phone has been ringing at Comtran. With several new shipbuilding contracts awarded in 2015, naval shipyards across the country are interested in DEFENSE-LINK™.
After more than two years of research, development, and testing, the new specialty telecommunications cable entered the military market at the ideal time. “The approval timing was perfect,” says Comtran General Manager Joe Barry. “Out of the gate, we have orders for well over a million linear feet and we estimate that most of this is slated for new ships.”
Cable Designed for Harsh Environments
DEFENSE-LINK™ was designed to withstand the harshest conditions at sea and during warfare. The primary insulation, jacket, fillers, and tapes are all Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH). Comtran engineer Bruce Lamoureux is a Navy veteran, so this project was and is close to his heart. “Working with our sister companies in the Marmon Group, we designed a proprietary thermoset polymer for the jacket,” explains Lamoureux. “The result is one tough copper cable – resistant to salt water, lubricants, and fuels that are found on Navy vessels.”
General Dynamics Bath Ironworks (BIW) in Maine just completed sea trials of the 610-foot ship USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), the first of three stealth guided-missile destroyers commissioned by the Navy. Next in this 21st century destroyer class, the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001), is being built at Huntington-Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Last month, Ingalls also received a $618 million contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) guided missile destroyer DDG-123. Comtran expects DEFENSE-LINK™ to be installed aboard this and other new warships.
DEFENSE-LINK™ is also appropriate for Navy and Coast Guard ships requiring repair and retrofit during scheduled maintenance.
For product information, including specifications and certifications, please contact Bruce Sinnott, Comtran’s Director of Business Development at email@example.com.