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Oxley Group Ltd
Oxley specialises in the design and manufacture of advanced electronic and electro-optic components and systems for air, land and sea applications within the military sector. Established in 1942, Oxley has manufacturing facilities in the UK and USA and enjoys representation worldwide. The company’s products include night vision and LED lighting, data capture systems and electronic components. Oxley has pioneered the development of night vision compatible lighting. It offers a total package incorporating optical filters, equipment modification, cockpit and external lighting along with fleet wide upgrade services including engineering, installation, support, maintenance and training. The company’s long experience of manufacturing night vision lighting and LED indicators, coupled with advances in LED technology, has enabled it to develop LED solutions to replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting in existing applications as well as becoming the lighting option of choice in new applications such as portable military hospitals, UAV control stations and communication shelters.
21 Apr 09. Fujitsu launches ‘Walk on Fit.’ Fujitsu showed BATTLESPACE its new innovative ‘Walk on Fit’ system which it has produced following its successful bid to supply a sophisticated communication system for a NATO military customer. The system allows a box which includes all the communications and computers to be transferred to the required Police or military vehicle to undertake communications for disaster relief or surveillance. The 7/7 terrorist attacks in London highlighted the problems which emergency services have in communicating. The Army helicopters brought in to help the Police could not communicate from the air and had to land to deliver crucial information. The Fujitsu Tactical Network system will allow interoperability with mobile phones and other equipment. Fujitsu also showed a system of unmanned relay stations which create a chain of communication systems which when set in the vehicles or in the London Underground form a self-forming network allowing all participants to communicate and pass data within the network. Participants in this system are Tactronics, supplying the hardware, Northrop Grumman showing its C2PC software and QinetiQ. Fujitsu also showed a robot which was controlled form the Internet using its own IP address.
22 Apr 09. Thales and France’s Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) procurement agency have completed a latest series of tests for the RBE2 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the defense systems company announced April 22. The tests were conducted on a Rafale strike fighter at the Cazaux flight test center in southwest France from February to March. These trials were intended to provide “functional validation of the radar’s operating modes,” Thales said in a statement. “This milestone marks the latest step towards qualifying the RBE2 AESA radars this year in readiness for delivery of the first two units to Dassault Aviation during the first quarter of 2010.” The new radar is designed to boost range by more than 50 percent compared with the Rafale’s current passive array radar, offering compatibility with the Meteor beyond-visual-range missile. The equipment also is intended to improve reliability; deliver high-resolution synthetic-aperture imagery in the air-to-ground mode; and be more resistant to jamming.
The sensor is due to be fitted on the Rafale in 2011 for delivery to the French Air Force early in 2012, Thales said. France hopes to sell the Rafale to Brazil, Libya, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. (Source: Defense News)
BATTLESPACE Comment: EUROFIGHTER Typhoon is now the only advanced Fourth Generation fighter without an active AESA radar project which will put the plane at a severe disadvantage