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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.

25 Nov 10. ROVER develops into all-purpose battlefield comms system. The ROVER (remotely operated video enhanced receiver) full-motion airborne video (FMV) system is being turned into an all-purpose tactical battlefield communications system by L-3 Communication Systems – West (CSW). Exploiting the transmit capabilities that have been added to its newer ROVER 5 and ROVER 6 terminals, L-3 has devised Network – Tactical (Net-T), which the company describes as “an IP-based, full-duplex wireless communications architecture designed to provide networking service access and ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] collaboration to tactical edge users.” Net-T was one of the products presented by L-3 CSW at the Omega Close Air Support Conference in London in November 2010. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

24 Nov 10. US Army to test JTRS backbone radio alternative. An operational assessment of Raytheon’s MAINGATE (Mobile Adhoc Information Network Gateway) two-channel backbone radio system is expected to be staged with US troops in Afghanistan in the first quarter of 2011. MAINGATE is an evolution of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) experimental Network Centric Radio System (NCRS), which was developed and tested between 2004 and 2007 for mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) purposes. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

30 Nov 10. GE Intelligent Platforms today announced the NETernity™ GBX460 rugged 6U OpenVPX data plane switch module, the first 10 Gigabit Ethernet solution of its kind to support high throughput interprocessor communication (IPC) between 10GigE-enabled processing nodes for deployed defense and aerospace applications. With 20 (optionally 24) 10GigE data plane ports and 16 GigE control plane ports, the GBX460 supports non-blocking, low latency data transfers across a multiprocessing cluster at up to full wire speed, enabling new levels of performance for the most demanding ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) applications. It is designed to provide a high speed interface for sensor I/O, IPC and data distribution to the back end processing clusters typically found in C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) infrastructures. The GBX460 is an unmanaged Layer 2 switch that can support multiple OpenVPX slots/module profiles for maximum flexibility and throughput. ”An unmanaged switch like the GBX460 is ideal for customer applications requiring the switch to be fully functional for network-connected devices as soon as possible after power-on; this is a capability required by a number of military programs,” said Rob McKeel, President, Military & Aerospace at GE Intelligent Platforms. A fully managed Layer 2/3 version of the GBX460 will be announced early in 2011. The GBX460 meets the requirement to support a large number o

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