TE Connectivity (TE) Ruggedized Optical Backplane interconnect system (supports VITA 66.1 Standard) provides a high-density, blind-mate optical interconnect in a backplane/daughtercard configuration. TE offers the optical system in both receptacle (backplane) and mating plug (daughtercard) connectors which interconnect up to two MT ferrules, each accommodating up to 24 fiber paths. Other options are available using industry standard ARINC 801 fiber terminus and TE's Expanded Beam, ProBeam interface in a four-fiber configuration. The Plug connector housing contains a slot feature to facilitate cleaning the MT interface and the Receptacle connector includes two robust guide pins for blind-mating. Typical applications are in the aerospace and defense industries for use in adverse environments, and high-bandwidth computing applications requiring optical infrastructure.