Laying telephone cable from the air at 100 miles an hour -- the latest method to speed communications in the battlefield.
Laying telephone cable from the air at 100 miles an hour -- the latest method to speed communications in the battlefield. Developed by the Army Signal Corps and International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation Laboratories, cable can be laid from a speeding helicopter five to ten times faster than former methods. The specially designed box is shaped like an airfoil in front, with two vanes to stabilize it in flight.
Ten miles of cable is packed in zigzag fashion in the box to prevent snags at high speeds. The light-weight cable can carry 96 conversations at the same time, eight times more than equipment used in the past.
Impassable ground, contaminated areas, enemy controlled terrain...all present no problems. Civilian agencies could use this technique in time of community disasters. Communication -- the lifeblood of battles and disaster areas -- is quickly established through the air.