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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.

05 Jan 11. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC) introduced the VPX3-1256, its first rugged, high performance 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC) based on the new Intel® Core™ i7-next-generation quad-core processor. The VPX3-1256 is the newest member of CWCEC’s next generation family of multi-core Intel® architecture based SBCs. It represents CWCEC’s commitment to providing the broadest range of high performance SBCs designed to optimize the high bandwidth and increased interoperability delivered via compliance with industry standard OpenVPX architecture. The VPX3-1256 is a full featured 3U OpenVPX SBC, designed for harsh-environment, air and conduction-cooled aerospace and defense applications. Each of the Core™ i7’s four cores delivers 2.1GHz of performance, providing advanced Intel® Architecture processing in a lightweight, compact configuration ideal for size, weight, and power (SWaP) constrained applications. With a wide complement of on-board I/O, Gen2 PCIe fabric, SRIO and XMC expansion, the VPX3-1256 satisfies the most demanding fielded applications from unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, tactical aircraft, and armoured vehicles to rugged naval systems.

05 Jan 11. It looks like something out of Star Wars; it performs like something out of Star Wars – and for the fast-jet fighter pilots of the future – it could just make the difference between life and death. Welcome to the Eurofighter Typhoon’s latest weapon – not something slung under the wing – but a system with ‘brains’ that sits on the pilot’s head. The ‘Helmet Mounted Symbology System’ designed by BAE Systems, is a highly sophisticated helmet and support system that lets the pilot ‘see’ through the body of the aircraft, giving him a vital advantage when it comes to split-second decision-making. Using the new helmet system, the pilot can now look at multiple targets, lock-on to them, and then, by voice-command, prioritise them. It’s a lightning-fast system to let the pilot look, lock-on, and fire. The pilot can even do this when looking at targets over the shoulder – or at targets picked up by the radar which is directly underneath the floor of the aircraft. This ‘look and shoot’ capability, married to a super-wide field of view gives the Typhoon pilot a 24hour all-weather field of vision. The helmet works by having a number of fixed sensors around the cockpit area. As the pilot moves his head, the sensors on his helmet move in relation to the sensors on the aircraft ensuring the aircraft knows exactly where and what he is looking at. Imagery projected onto the pilot’s visor gives, amongst other information, speed, heading and height – and crucially, it also gives the precise position of any enemy aircraft or missiles.

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