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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.
12 Aug 10. Lockheed Martin’s new Extensible Launching System (ExLS) successfully conducted the first vertical launch of Nulka offboard countermeasure test rounds at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The flight test culminated three years of development and integration efforts to validate the ExLS architecture. It also demonstrated the new launcher in a fully tactical configuration.m ExLS is installed in an existing Vertical Launching System (VLS) cell, providing a common solution for integrating missiles with the MK 41 and MK 57 VLS. The Lockheed Martin team used a single solution, which reduced integration costs by more than 50 percent.
Aug 10. The Envitia team has been active within Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) for many years participating on working groups and demonstration initiatives. Envitia took responsibility for architecting the Aviation Portrayal Service cluster, which involved 8 vendor’s technologies and a significant amount of information modelling. The result was an Aviation Portrayal Engineering report, with Envitia as the Editor, and contributions from many vendors. This document is published on the OGC website, and public videos illustrating a chosen scenario have been made available, http://www.opengeospatial.org/pub/www/ows7/index.html. The aviation scenario, selected over a year ago for OWS-7 which, without irony, was a volcanic ash cloud disruption to air traffic, ended up providing a very real context for the capability illustrated. Events in Northern Europe in spring 2010 showed how serious such a disruption can be, and how important international interoperability between service providers, message brokers and application clients remains. The new Envitia Feature Portrayal Service (FPS) can be seen displaying AIXM, WXXM and a WCS 4D weather data cube utilising specialist symbology and primitive attribution. The Feature Portrayal Service uses Style Layer Descriptors (SLD) stored in the registry to allow the Web Map Service (WMS) client to render the aviation and weather vector data. This approach allows data representations to be specified which are dependent upon rules as described in the SLD. These can be selected dynamically and therefore can allow powerful and customised visualisation.
11 Aug 10. Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan will now go with a new uniform in their mobility bag — one that fights fire and fleas, and makes them more invisible to insurgents. The next generation of uniform for Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom bears the new “OEF camouflage pattern” — called OCP for short. The pattern is better suited than the “Universal Camouflage Pattern” to blend-in in the Afghanistan environment. It is also known as “Multi