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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.
02 Dec 10. Marshall Aerospace has completed more than 100 hours of development and clearance flying of the MMR (Minimum Military Requirements) Avionics Upgrade for the Royal Air Force Tristars. The Trial Installation aircraft has successfully passed its scheduled maturity review with the Ministry of Defence, and is now being handed back to MOD to undergo scheduled maintenance before re-entering operational service in Spring 2011.
Martin Broadhurst, Chief Executive, Marshall Aerospace said: “As an Air Transport Partner to the UK MoD, Marshall Aerospace fully appreciates the demanding operational task the Tristar plays in sustaining our forces’ transportation through the vital airbridge between the UK and Afghanistan; and in fulfilling the Air to Air Refuelling requirements of fighters deploying to support National Interests in the Falklands and elsewhere. We are confident that the delivery of this avionics upgrade to the RAF will fully support the aircraft to achieve new levels of operational reliability, improve safety and play a key role in Air Transport operations until our forces withdraw from Afghanistan and the planned replacement aircraft take over AAR duties.”
The Tristar is the prime delivery aircraft for the UK’s airbridge to Afghanistan, transporting troops and their equipment to and from operational duties. The fleet are tailored to meet and perform all of the MoD’s operational requirements whilst achieving the minimum theatre entry standard which MOD has specified. The avionics upgrade ensures that the aircraft remain protected from obsolescence problems increasingly affecting their systems, and ensures they are compliant with current regulations such as CNS/ATM for flying in civil airspace. This will significantly reduce crew workload and maintain availability and reliability until the aircraft can eventually be retired. The new navigational displays make it very easy for the crew to maintain their situational awareness and to use that information to efficiently plan and execute their flight-plan, despite having to operate in potentially hostile airspace as well as intensive civil air traffic environments.
06 Dec 10. New VPX clamshells remove heat and protect PCBs in defence applications. Electronics enclosure manufacturer Schroff has introduced a new range of VPX clamshells that safeguard printed circuit boards in the extreme environmental conditions associated with defence applications.
As well as providing an efficient conduction cooling method for transferring heat generated by high-performance components, the clamshells are designed to protect boards from the effects of shock and vibration. Based on the VITA 46/48 specifications, these robust clamshells are primarily intend