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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 Jul 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation recently completed a series of tests of the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system, moving high-energy lasers a step closer to deployment aboard U.S. Navy ships. Recent shore-based tests at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Port Hueneme proved the MLD system’s ability to track small boats at long ranges and in a marine environment.
“Tracking tests were part of a larger program designed to demonstrate laser weapon system capability for fleet defense,” according to Steve Hixson, vice president of Space and Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “Such lasers would complement other defensive systems to address certain threats more effectively and at lower cost than traditional weapons.”
Managed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the MLD program has a goal of demonstrating how high-energy laser weapons can be adapted for naval operations, specifically to engage targets such as swarms of enemy fast patrol boats.
“The program places a high value on experiences gained through technologies recently matured through other Defense Department development efforts,” said Dan Wildt, vice president of Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “For MLD, lessons learned were taken from the success of the Northrop Grumman-developed Joint High Power Solid State Laser, a compact, high-brightness laser. We also applied precision tracking experience gained from the Tactical High Energy Laser test bed at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., which has destroyed 46 rockets, artillery and mortar rounds in flight.”
The Port Hueneme tests, conducted by ONR, demonstrated the ability of a Northrop Grumman laser system to acquire and track the threat representative small boats, he noted.
“This and previous tests are critical steps leading to the first-ever demonstration of a laser weapon at-sea. The bar for performance and safety is very high for a system that will be going onto a ship. Our approach has been to carefully plan, test and verify the system at every step, which separates MLD from just another technology demonstration. MLD will give the Navy the fundamental data that is needed to decide whether to go forward and deploy this capability in the near term,” according to Wildt.
28 Jul 10. The U.S. Navy approved Lockheed Martin’s preliminary design for a system to defend surface combatants from anti-ship cruise missile threats. The preliminary design review for the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement (SEWIP) Block 2 upgrade program is a significant milestone under the initial $9.9m design contract awarded to Lockheed Martin last November. The contract includes options totaling nearly $167m, if exercised. “Successf