Sources Sought: Development of A Blown Optical Fiber Machine for Use with Surface Ships and Submarines

NCMS is assisting the U.S. Navy in seeking a partner(s) with capabilities to develop a machine to blow individual optical fibers.


Public shipyards install various fiber optic systems with surface ships and submarines that sometimes include Blown Optical Fiber (BOF) tubes or BOF cables shipboard. Shipboard fibers are currently blown individually. BOF tubes and fibers are currently manufactured by General Cable. Machines currently being used are no longer manufactured, are in a limited supply, and cannot be purchased.


Development of a machine that can be used at all public shipyards to blow individual optical fibers specifically for the Virginia Class submarine, Nimitz, and Ford Class Aircraft Carriers, This machine should be able to blow up to twelve individual fibers at a time using 100 PSI air; required capability distances are listed below.


  • Air Volume: 100 LPM (3.5 CFM) and 150 LPM (5.3 CFM)
  • Number of Fibers: 4, 8, 12
  • Duct Size: 8mm
  • Semi-Tortuous (Meters):
    • 100 LPM: 0 – 600
    • 150 LPM: 500 – 1000
  • Non-Tortuous (Meters):
    • 100 LPM: 500 – 1000
    • 150 LPM: 500 – 1000


  • Current machine uses an air source of 145 PSI with an adjustable flow rate.
  • Semi-tortuous: Bend diameter over 18” with up to 50, 90-degree bends over the route length.
  • Non-tortuous: Bend diameter over 18” with up to 20, 90-degree bends over the route length.


Responses to Sources Sought need to provide the following:

  • Background of capability development
  • Examples of where the capability is currently used if any
  • A corporate presentation including engineering, manufacturing, and testing capabilities
  • Cost Summary Form

Interested parties should complete the following form. All questions and/or inquiries can be addressed to


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