OCC's history as the leader in military grade fiber optic cables.

When OCC opened for business in 1983, the U.S. Military was our first major customer. Their need was for an extremely strong, lightweight, rugged, and survivable military fiber optic cable. In addition to durability, this military cable had to efficiently transmit previously unprecedented volumes of data in the field. OCC engineers were at the forefront of the development of the tight-buffered, tight-bound cable technology that met these criteria. The result was military fiber optic cables that were easy to deploy and performed under the harshest of conditions. The strength of our military grade cable solutions was the foundation and inspiration for our diverse portfolio of products and solutions. Our commitment to product reliability can be seen in every industry that we serve.

Let’s get tactical: military connectors, cables & solutions

Today, OCC continues to be the premier manufacturer of military ground tactical fiber optic cable and connectivity solutions for the U.S. military. Our broad product offering for military tactical applications is built on the evolution of fundamental technologies designed to provide end users with components that are easy to install, provide a high degree of reliability and offer outstanding performance characteristics. We are an approved manufacturer of qualified military grade fiber optic cables, certified by the United States Defense Logistics Agency. OCC’s military fiber optic cables are paired with an efficient deployment system for easy implementation and retrieval.

OCC’s fiber optic cables and connectors have been qualified to the most demanding military specifications, including:

  • MIL-PRF-85045/8A Ground Tactical Fiber Optic Cable (U.S. DoD)
  • A3159879 Ground Tactical Fiber Optic Cable (U.S. Army CECOM)
  • MIL-PRF-29504 Fiber Optic Connector Termini
  • MIL-C-83522 Fiber Optic Connectors
  • A3159869 and A3302584 “TFOCA” Ground Tactical Fiber Optic Connectors (U.S. Army CECOM)
  • A3159864 and A3302584 Ground Tactical Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies (U.S. Army CECOM)
  • Def-Stan 60-1, Part 3 Ground Tactical Fiber Optic Cable (U.K. MOD)
  • DoD certified facility for MIL-STD-790G, High-Reliability Manufacturing Requirements for Military Suppliers

A fully qualified ground tactical fiber optic communications cable for military applications.

Announcing MIL-PRF-85045/8A certified fiber optic cables. Field Proven... Now Certified. Optical Cable Corporation has always manufactured the most rugged and robust fiber optic cables for the military ground tactical market—field proven cables relied on by defense agencies around the world.

Now, the United States Defense Logistics Agency has certified Optical Cable Corporation as an approved manufacturer of qualified ground tactical fiber optic cables in accordance with MIL-PRF-85045/8A.

This certification was granted after subjecting these fiber optic cable products to an exhaustive series of optical, mechanical, and environmental tests to ensure full compliance to the demanding requirements of the United States military.

The 5 primary advantages of fiber optic cable over conventional coax cable:

  1. Repeaterless Communications
    • Fiber Optic – Repeaters every 16 kms (or more)
    • Coax – Repeaters every 500 meters
  2. Weight
    • Coax cable weighs approx. 5 times more than equivalent lengths of fiber optic cable
    • 16 kilometers of coax cable weighs approx. 2,800 kgs, 16 kilometers of fiber optic cable weigh approx. 550 kgs
  3. Higher Bandwidth
    • Optimized for applications requiring mulitplexed voice, data, and video signals
  4. Security
    • All dielectric. No signature
    • Not affected by EMI or RFI
    • Very difficult to tap. Reduces need for encryption
  5. Rugged
    • More rugged than coax
    • No memory


  • UV Inhibited
  • Fungus Resistant
  • Water Resistant for Outdoor Use
  • Impervious to Fluids
  • Tear resistant

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