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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.


26 Feb 10. Tiny ear listens to hidden worlds. A micro-ear could soon help scientists eavesdrop on tiny events just like microscopes make them visible. Initially, researchers will use it to snoop on cells as they go about their daily business. It may allow researchers to listen to how a drug disrupts micro-organisms, in the same way as a mechanic might listen to a car’s engine to find a fault. A team from three UK institutions are building the device, which they hope will become standard lab equipment. Institutions involved include the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford as well as the National Institute of Medical Research at Mill Hill. The micro-ear is based upon modifying an established technology that uses laser light to create so-called optical tweezers. These are already used to accurately measure tiny forces. They work by suspending very small glass or plastic beads in a beam of laser light. Measuring the movement of these beads as they are jostled by tiny objects allows measurements of tiny forces that operate at molecular scales. “We are now using the sensitivity afforded by the optical tweezer as a very sensitive microphone,” said Professor Jon Cooper from the University of Glasgow, who is heading the micro-ear project. “The optical tweezer can measure or manipulate at piconewton forces,” said Professor Cooper. A piconewton is a millionth of the force that a grain of salt exerts when resting on a tabletop. While many researchers use single beams of laser light to trap single beads, the micro-ear team hopes to use several arranged in a ring that will be able to surround and “listen to” an object of interest. (Source: BBC)

05 Mar 10. Frequentis launches its new Network Enabled Service Suite that provides solutions in multiple configurations enabling agile collaboration in military operations. This suite is based on a wide range of scalable building blocks that will fully support and exploit network-enabled capabilities. One of these new solutions, the Frequentis iSecCOM Solution, will be presented at ATC Global -intended for tactical command & control networks. The move from platform centric to network enabled poses not only challenges for people and processes but also challenges to the technology that will be needed for an adequate network information infrastructure. Frequentis Network Enabled Service Suite is addressing these four dimensions above providing a flexible platform and integration points across different technologies for a highly responsive and resilient service oriented environment.

01 Mar 10. The US Army is testing a new airdrop system, which will be ready for deployment to Afghanistan later in the year, according to the army G-4 deputy chief of staff Lieutenant General Mitc

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