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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.
17 May 11. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Digital Avionics Suite technology was recently used for the first time in the successful flight of a UH-1N helicopter that serves as an avionics test bed for future rotary wing hardware and software developments. The Test Bed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation, known as “T-Rex,” is operated by the U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement (NACRA), which is based in Patuxent River, Md. T-Rex is the only rotary wing technology test bed currently flown by the Navy. The Digital Avionics Suite is installed in the back of a retrofitted UH-1N helicopter that has been transferred from the U.S. Marine Corps. The Digital Avionics Suite is a smaller version of the system Northrop Grumman has supplied for the AH-1Z helicopter and allows for test integration with minimal changes to the systems avionics or the aircraft. The Digital Avionics Suite includes a mission computer allowing for easy system upgrades, two multifunction displays that make critical mission data available to the flight test engineers, and an LN-251 embedded global positioning system/fiber-optic inertial navigation system to provide precise positioning information.
“T-Rex allowed us to quickly and easily demonstrate enhanced combat capability concepts for a warfighting platform,” said Lt. Col. John Selby, the AH-1W/UH-1N platform team lead of the Marine Corps Light Attack Helicopter Program. “This capability demonstration was conducted by allowing simultaneous operator use of two completely different avionics hardware suites. In this side-by-side configuration, the operator was able to compare the dissimilar implementations in a uniquely efficient demonstration.”
“The addition of the Digital Avionics Suite to NACRA’s T-Rex shortens the analysis and test time for improvement of avionics systems and reaffirms Northrop Grumman’s continuing commitment to developing high-quality situational awareness technologies,” said Ike Song, vice president of situational awareness systems at Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division.
16 May 11. DRS Technologies, Inc., A Finmeccanica Company, announced that the ARMOR™ X10gx and ARMOR™ X7 rugged tablet computers have endured rigorous testing and have been certified for connectivity on the Verizon Wireless network. This accomplishment ensures that ARMOR customers that utilize the integrated WWAN capabilities of the ARMOR X10gx and X7 will have an optimal data and communication experience with Verizon Wireless.
Both fully-rugged tablets—with integrated Gobi® 2000 WWAN mobile broadband radio to keep the user connected on multiple wireless networks—achieved certification under Verizon Wireless’ Open Development program. This program is