Date: 23 January 2002


TRITEC Developments Limited has been awarded a new contract to supply its FASE II fusion splicing equipment to the British Army. The award-winning FASE II fusion splicer is being used to install and maintain the Army’s optical fibre installations on a worldwide scale.

The news confirms TRITEC’s status as the leading supplier of optical fibre installation equipment to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), as it is already recognised as the approved supplier of splicing equipment to the Royal Air Force (RAF).
The new contract with the British Army is based on a five-year requirement, supplying 100 fusion splicing units in the first year.

A media spokesperson for the Army commented: "In its many and varied operational and peacetime roles the British Army is becoming increasingly dependent on fibre-optic applications within its communications infrastructure. To manage these optical networks the Royal Corps of Signals employs Installation Technicians who are extensively trained in fibre-optic installation, maintenance and testing techniques. Since entering service the FASE II fusion splicer has proved to be a rugged and versatile unit suited for use in such diverse geographical locations as Cyprus, the Balkans and the Falklands. "

One of the first Army units to receive the splicers is Cable Systems Section (CCS), the fibre optic training department at the Royal Signals in Blandford. CCS has provided fibre-optic training to the Royal Signals tradesman and Ministry of Defence for 15 years. Training focuses on the City & Guilds 3466 qualifications in singlemode and multimode fibre.

"Training instructors found it straightforward to transfer training techniques to the FASE II splicer due to its user friendly design. Tradesmen undergoing training have now completed in excess of 10,000 splices with the TRITEC unit," the media spokesperson added.

The product’s ease of use and performance played an important part in the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) decision when awarding the contract to TRITEC. The reliability and ruggedness of TRITEC’s equipment has already been proven by the Royal Air Force (RAF) with over 50 units being supplied over the last five years.

David Myers, Director of TRITEC Developments Ltd, commented on the new contract: "We are delighted to have extended our contract with the MOD. Our fusion splicing equipment is designed to be user friendly and deal with harsh conditions – something that is essential when units are out in the field."

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