Synthetic Hoist Cable for the US Navy

ADC is working in collaboration with the Search and Rescue division of the US Navy to develop a synthetic rope for use in the hoist systems of naval rescue helicopters. The synthetic rope replacement will have several significant advantages over the steel wire ropes that are currently being used. The most important advantage of the new rope will be the elimination of electrostatic discharge which currently delivers electric shocks to rescue divers as they make contact with the water or ground. ADC is utilizing its patented rope tensioning technology which will be used to prevent knifing, burrowing, and bird-caging of the synthetic rope as it is wound on and off of the hoist drum.