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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.
May 09. Boeing’s 737-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft has received its supplemental-type certification (STC) from FAA, marking the first time one of the company’s larger battle management platforms has received this commercial approval rating. “It’s a big milestone for us,” Boeing AEW&C business development senior manager Egan Greenstein says. The STC, received May 11, is an amendment to the 737-700IGW (increased gross weight) certification and means the substantially modified aircraft meets all FAA standard airworthiness requirements. Approval also means pursuing international sales and deliveries will be considerably easier, and comes as Boeing awaits the outcome of an independent study into the aircraft’s Northrop Grumman-developed multirole electronically-scanned array (MESA) radar. Commissioned by the Australian government, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory study is evaluating the baseline architecture of the MESA surveillance system and its abilities. (Source: Flight International)
May 09. The US Army has announced details of two new precision-oriented, light and lethal weapons currently in development for the US Army. The laser-sighted XM-25 counter defilade target engagement system and the lightweight .50-calibre machine gun (LW50MG) are the two new weapons that are expected to increase troop effectiveness, especially in Afghanistan. The semi-automatic, shoulder-fired XM-25 with a five-round magazine of 25mm dual-warhead ammunition weighs about 14lb (as an M-16 with a 203 grenade launcher) yet it’s only a few inches longer than an M-4 Carbine. Soldier weapons, deputy programme manager Richard Audette, said that the technology behind the XM-25 is a leap ahead because it’s the first smart weapon system with a smart round in small weapons. LW50-calibre machine gun with tripod weighs in at 64 pounds – half what the M-2 .50-calibre heavy machine gun weighs. With the modified M-145 machine-gun optic, the LW50MG will be more accurate and quicker for its target because it will also have 60% less recoil than the M-2 machine gun. Also, the LW50MG tripod spade grips won’t have to be slammed into the ground and sandbagged to hold the weapon in place. The XM-25 will undergo field testing this summer while the LW50MG is already being tested by soldiers. (Source: army-technology.com)
27 May 09. Savi Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce it has reached a favorable settlement with AeroScout, Inc. The settlement resolves a lawsuit between the two companies concerning Savi’s patented low-frequency Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Terms of the settlement, which was reached in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, were n