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Recoverable Tethered Optical Fiber (RTOF) buoy

Country of Origin: Britain, USA


The Recoverable Tethered Optical Fiber (RTOF) buoy is part of an experimental program to develop two-way communications between surface ships and submarines operating at speed and depth.

Deployed from a submerged submarine, the RTOF buoy is designed to facilitate covert wideband two-way communications, eliminating the need for a sub to come to periscope depth to communicate with surface or shore units.

The system will deploy a buoy connected to the sub by a neutrally buoyant...

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