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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.
08 Sep 09. A thermal imager developed in the UK and described as equal to or better than any imager produced in the U.S. is to go on the market by year end, its manufacturer said on Tuesday. The Albion thermal imager will be marketed by Selex Galileo after a development program co-funded by the UK ministry of defense. Speaking at the DSEi 2009 show in London, a Selex official said the imager would detect a man at 13 kilometres and identify him as friend or foe at 3km. A tank would be detected at 25km and identified at 5km. “We think this benchmarks with the best U.S. technology and is unmatched in Europe,” said Mark Byfield, vice president for sales and marketing at Selex’s EO and Battlespace unit. Byfield said that thanks to work boosting the IR sensitivity of the Albion, it could detect signatures measuring as low as 17 milli-kelvins, compared to the industry standard of 30 to 40 milli-kelvins. Byfield said the Albion system remains “UK sovereign technology”, but Selex had been encouraged to market it overseas. (Source: Defense News)
Sep 09. BAE Systems and Thales recently demonstrated the newest version of their jointly developed combat identification system to U.S. Army officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, marking the first time the system was demonstrated with a large, crew-served weapon on a U.S. vehicle. The new version of the combat identification, or CID, system prevents soldiers operating machine guns on armored High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles from firing on friendly forces operating in other combat vehicles. During the demonstration, the CID system correctly identified moving and stationary friendly vehicles through smoke and fog and in tree lines. “The general officers and civilian attendees who took the time to try the CID system all responded positively to its potential for preventing fratricide,” said Sal Costa, head of identification solutions for BAE Systems. “They were uniformly impressed by its simplicity and effectiveness.” The demonstration tests consisted of a series of tactical vignettes developed to reflect potential real-life situations and how the CID system works with other technologies to reduce friendly-fire events among U.S. and coalition forces. “Our team’s innovative combat ID systems continue to show their potential to deliver a capability to the warfighter that improves combat effectiveness while minimizing the risk of friendly casualties,” said Merry Michaux, director of Thales’s Communications, Navigation, and Identification business. The CID system consists of transponders that are mounted on vehicles and direct-fire weapon interrogators to help gunners determine if targets are friendly. The demonstration unit inclu