This standard gives the general physical, electrical and chemical methods for testing fiber optics cables for conformance with the requirements. It was prepared in order to eliminate unnecessary of undesirable variation in testing procedures. This standard does not include special test methods applicable to certain fiber optics cables which are described in the appropriate specifications, nor does it include all the test methods for fiber optics cable used in industry. In instance of conflict between the provisions of those test methods and those of the individual test procedures or specifications for particular material, the latter shall take precedence.
Technical evaluation indicates that AS16781 procedures are out of date by current accepted practices. In finding MIL-STD-1678 still an active MIL spec and updated to current practices, the SAE AE-8D committee recommends cancellation of AS16781.