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Military Cables

Cortland remains at the forefront of design in the military sector and is responsible for the manufacture of many modern military cable constructions and assemblies. From magnotometer cables for oceanographic mapping surveys to mine counter measure (MCM) cables to deploy, tow, and recover a functional tow body in military applications, our military cables use the latest fibers and technologies to deliver optimum performance in high-profile military operations and defense. 

Magnetometer Cables

Cortland manufactures magnetometer cables for oceanographic mapping surveys for a wide range of clients. Our cables are preferred for their wide operating temperature range and ability to be used in shallow or deep water. Whatever your specific requirements, we can design and develop lightweight, small diameter, high-strength cables which offer lower elongation at varying depths. 

Benefits / Features
  • Lightweight
  • Small diameter
  • High strength
  • Lower elongation
  • Wide operating temperature
  • Marine geophysics
  • Treasure hunting
  • Research
Sonar Tow Cables

Cortland manufactures Vectran fiber Sonar Tow Cables to tow transponders and hydrophones. Sonar Tow Cables are used behind both surface ships and submarines. Because the cable is made out of Vectran fiber, it does not grow longer over time, increasing the accuracy of the sonar reflection.

Sonar Dipping Cables

Cortland has the equipment to manufacture Sonar Dipping Cables that are both small in diameter and highly damage tolerant.  To manufacture a design that is the most tough and durable for this severe application, Cortland uses cyclic bend over sheave testing to cycle the cable back and forth over grooves, pulleys, or sheaves at a prescribed load.  Cortland's sonar dipping cable can load up to 7,500 pounds and has the ability to move back and forth over a pulley.  A tough cover surrounds the cable to protect the surface from contact as well. Trust Cortland to for resiliant design and unmatched performance. 

Range Cables

These cables are used for the detection or signature identification of vessels. A system will consist of an allocated area containing sensors linked by cables. Cables can be fixed or portable, and transmit the required power and data to onshore control centers. System deployment is sometimes located in busy shipping areas where damage due to anchorage or fishing activity is possible. Therefore, design for a robust cable is paramount, and generally a steel wire armored package is offered. Termination of these types of cable is also critical as the life expectation for these systems is considerable.

Sonar Arrays

These systems require a range and combination of services using electrical and or fiber optic components. In addition, high towing loads require that these cables have compact and effective tensile strength. This can be accomplished with either high strength fiber or steel wire armored packages. Design and production control are critical for successful production and deployment of these cable types. In addition, complex termination packages can be added to customer specific requirements.  These cables do not grow longer over time, increasing the accuracy of the sonar reflection.  A tough cover surrounds this cable to protect it from surface contact.

MCM Cables (Mine Counter Measure)

Cortland manufactures Mine Counter Measure Cables to deploy, tow, and recover a functional tow body (sonar system or mine neutralization system) in military applications. The tow cable  contains optical fibers, electrical power conductors, hard fairings, ribbon fairings, tow staff, wet end and dry end electro-optical connectors, and load carrying armor. Optical fibers are used for data transmission and electrical conductors are used to supply power to the towed body from the helicopter.  These cables are wrapped in a tough jacket to shield it from surface contact.