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Recent advances in fiber-optic technology have led to a growing demand for optical data links and sensors in aerospace and defense applications. In comparison with copper-based data links, which have been deployed extensively in military applications, fiber-optic data links offer a number of advantages such as high bandwidth-to-weight ratio, increased immunity to electromagnetic interference, high tolerance to vibration and mechanical shock, minimal spark or fire hazard, and improved performance. In this article we will look at some of the benefits and limitations of traditional fiber-optic components for aerospace and defense, how new Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) technology is revolutionizing this market, and how PLC technology is being deployed in next-generation systems.

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