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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.
04 Aug 10. Oxley Developments has been awarded a contract by Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide detailed engineering1 of LED navigation and signal lights for the two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers currently under construction for the Royal Navy.
Under the contract, awarded by Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, Oxley will provide engineering services for the ships’ navigation and signaling lights, including sidelights, stern light, anchor light, manoeuvring lights and warning signals. The scope of work encompasses 11 different light specifications. LED technology will be implemented throughout, ensuring high reliability, low maintenance and reduced electrical load power requirements resulting in low through-life costs. The lights will meet COLREGs (International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea), and will be Oxley NVG Friendly™, which means they will be suitable for night operations with Night Vision Goggles. With decades of experience in LED innovation, Oxley is a world-renowned designer and manufacturer of rugged, reliable LED solutions. Oxley has extensive in-house design, test and manufacturing capabilities, and their experienced engineering team will adapt existing lights and technology to meet the specifications set out by Northrop Grumman.
Sales and Marketing Director for Oxley, Andy Bednarek, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract by Northrop Grumman. Several years ago Oxley worked with the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) War Ship Support Agency to supply an NVG Friendly LED-based upgrade for the existing navigation lighting system on the Invincible class carriers. On that project, we replaced the incandescent filaments used in the statutory lights with LED modules. This time we are engineering a state of the art set of LED NVG Friendly navigation and special operations lights suitable not only for the Queen Elizabeth class, but any other vessel greater than 50 metres in length.”
The ships, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, are being built across six ship yards in the UK with the first ship due to enter service in 2016. They will be the biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy. The ships, which are over three times the size of the current Invincible class aircraft carriers, will be delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, which is made up of BAE Systems, Babcock, Thales UK and the MoD. The main manufacturing contractor is BAE Systems, who began work on the project in July 2009 at its Govan yard on the Clyde in Glasgow. Northrop Grumman is under contract from the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to supply the integrated bridge and navigation systems for the new ships. The work is being performed at the