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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.

10 Feb 11. Thales software looks to integrate stovepiped C2 systems. Thales previewed a new command-and-control (C2) software interface at its TechnoDay in Paris on 3 February. The new Secure SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) software is designed to federate vertical C2 systems in use with air, navy and land forces. The company says that, currently, C2 networks are often ‘stovepiped’: they can transfer written messages, imagery and video from Chief of Staff command level to the soldier in the field, but not necessarily ‘horizontally’, such as between a deployed field battlegroup headquarters (FHQ) and the three services deployed in a task force operating in a nearby littoral area. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

08 Feb 11. MB SAR radar flew counter-IED missions over Iraq. Northrop Grumman has revealed the 2010 deployment of its airborne Multi-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (MB SAR) as part of the drawdown of US forces in Iraq. Under Project Perseus, the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) integrated the MB SAR sensor aboard an NP-3D Orion research aircraft operated by US Navy Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), which performed counter-improvised explosive device (IED) support missions as part of Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify and Neutralize). (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

14 Feb 11. IRIS Forms has broken free from the desktop and is now available as a web-based application. Systematic’s new product, IRIS WebForms, enables users to input and exchange structured military information, such as orders and reports, via a standard web browser. With more than 100,000 users in over 35 countries worldwide, Systematic’s IRIS products are renowned as the de facto standard for military messaging using simple-to-deploy interoperability standards. They ensure consistent data entry and transfer as the basis for rapid, reliable and often automated distribution of key information throughout military organisations and units. Until now, the end user applications have always been desktop based.
“The advantage of a web-based version of the original IRIS Forms is that users can use the application from anywhere on their network without the need to install the full software package,” explains Søren Aldenryd, IRIS Product Manager, “Because IRIS WebForms uses a thin client which draws its information from the backend server, this means it can run on more devices, such as PDA’s, without the need for large amounts of memory. It also makes administration simpler by controlling which templates all users have access to, and which settings they should use, from a central server.”
IRIS WebForms is born out of the latest version of the stand-alone IRIS Forms application. Both versions comply with latest agreed standards

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