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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.
17 Jun 09. SELEX Communications launches Platform PRR: providing two-way, encrypted voice and data communication. In today’s expeditionary military environment, the need for close co-operation between mounted and dismounted troops, and their supporting vehicles, has never been greater. Both to take advantage of advances in situational awareness and to avoid fratricide, shared knowledge and efficient voice/data communications are vital for force protection. The Platform Personal Role Radio (PRR) enables communications between troops and supporting vehicles, both before and after the troops dismount. It is based on the current in-service UK PRR, and provides communications to the platform commander and crew. The system is normally deployed on platforms, which either carry the troops into operation or operate in close support of the dismounted troops. The platform and its crew become members of a net, providing intimate and immediate operational support. The Platform PRR has been designed to fit into a range of hard-skinned and soft-skinned military vehicles, and rotary-winged and transport aircraft. Interfacing with the platform harness, it provides communications between the crew and mounted, dismounted or transported troops equipped with PRR and the Enhanced Encrypted PRR (EZPRR). The Platform PRR can be used a in a variety of configurations to match the specific platform types, roles and operational scenarios. Installations, which are based on a core set of standard templates, can be readily customised for each specific platform, enabling rapid solutions to be delivered. Being based on the in-service PRR, the frequency selection and limited range ensure low probability of interception or detection (LPI and LPD). The Platform PRR is a module in the SELEX Communications Vehicle Integrated PRR (VIPRR) system, which can be interfaced with existing command and control and intercom systems on each vehicle, ensuring that the fightability of the platform is enhanced. This enables crew members to continue to access on-board higher level C2 systems without compromising security. Phil Robinson, Senior UK Vice-President, says, “The SELEX Communications Platform Personal Role Radio provides a vital capability in the coordinated operations of dismounted infantry, their parent vehicles and supporting weapons platforms.”
05 Jun 09. Boeing prepares X-51A for hypersonic test flight. The US Air Force (USAF) plans to fly the Boeing Phantom Works X-51A Waverider hypersonic engine research vehicle at up to Mach 6 later this year. Joseph Vogel, Boeing X-51A programme manager, Advanced Network and Space Systems, and Charles Brink, X-51A programme manager, USAF Research Laboratory, spoke to re