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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.
02 Jun 10. The Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier is fielding several Green Laser Escalation of Force, or GLEF, kits to units in Afghanistan for operational assessment. The GLEF systems are mounted as an accessory to Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations or CROWS, the turret system that provides Soldiers the ability to employ cameras, sensors and weapons from inside the protection of an armored vehicle. The non-lethal green-light laser gives Soldiers an interim step before escalating force while conducting daily operations.
“Protecting civilian populations is critical to our success in fighting
insurgencies,” said Col. Douglas Tamilio, project manager for Soldier Weapons. “Green lasers have proven safe and effective as a non-lethal tool that sends a strong message without the need to employ deadly force.”
The GLEF system emits a wide band of green light that temporarily disrupts a person’s vision so that driving a vehicle or aiming a weapon becomes difficult if not impossible. One application would be to warn civilians away from checkpoints and other areas where their safety is at risk. At closer distances, the lasers provide an immediate, nonlethal capability to deter aggressive actions.
“The human eye is four times more sensitive to green light than to red light during the day and far more sensitive at night,” explained Maj. Michael Pottratz, program manager for Crew Served Weapons. “The effect is the same as looking at the sun for a fraction of a second. The lasers send a warning signal across language and cultural barriers to keep innocent people from entering into harm’s way.”
While green lasers have been commercially available for a number of years, the system configuration for use as a CROWS accessory is a new development. By employing previously tested and approved technologies, engineers were able to design, assemble and field the new configuration for use in CROWS systems in less than 12 months. Select units will test the systems for 90 days and report back to PEO Soldier on system performance and its impact on operations. Soldier input will be incorporated into the final designs. (Source: ASD Network)
10 Jun 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s e.POWER business process management solution, paired with the EMC Documentum® Records Manager 6.5, has achieved U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 5015.2-STD version 3 certification for baseline records. This new pairing will provide customers with an application that meets Defense Department requirements for electronic records management. The DoD 5015.2 standard serves as the benchmark for government and corporate organizations that manage electronic records and documents. It sets forth mandatory baseline functional requirements for rec