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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.

22 Jun 10. The Boeing 747-400-based Airborne Laser (ABL) Test Bed for the U.S. military is now firing its high-power chemical laser at three to four times the range seen in the original shootdown exercise, according to Boeing. The test bed is flying about twice a month with the laser firing once a month against a target board or against actual targets, says Roger Krone, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. Several firings have taken place since the first shootdown in February and further shots this year are planned. Much of the focus has been on expanding the envelope of the laser system, not just in range but also engagement angles, Krone notes. (Source: Aviation Week)

21 Jun 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation has marked a significant milestone in the development of advanced surface warfare radars with the successful live outdoor testing of the company’s S-band radar testbed. Northrop Grumman successfully conducted live outdoor testing at the company’s Linthicum test range, tracking aircraft and other targets of opportunity with its S-band radar testbed, while demonstrating key advanced S-band radar technologies, including distributed receivers and digital beam forming. Northrop Grumman’s S-band radar is being developed to provide the U.S. Navy with significantly enhanced capabilities to detect, track and engage ballistic missiles while simultaneously performing anti-air warfare in high clutter environments. Such a capability is critical to meeting the Navy’s increased requirements to provide integrated air and missile defense for both the United States and its allies.
“At Northrop Grumman, we are focused on using our extensive technical expertise, operational knowledge and manufacturing capabilities to lower radar system development risks and costs through accelerated testing to ensure delivery of this critical defensive system to the Navy as soon as possible,” said Steve McCoy, vice president of the advanced concepts business unit for the company’s Electronic Systems sector. “This represents a significant accomplishment in the development of our solution for the Navy’s ongoing Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) competition.”
In addition, Northrop Grumman successfully tested the latest generation of ballistic missile defense T/R modules, which is the key technology necessary to meet the AMDR program requirements. AMDR represents the next generation radar system planned for the Navy’s Future Surface Combatant platform. Northrop Grumman’s modular, open architecture approach provides the ability to scale the radar system to accommodate multiple ship classes.

21 Jun 10. The newly developed LTR 400 transponder from EADS Defence & Security (DS) significantly improves safety

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