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———————————————————————–16 Mar 12. Oxley Developments Co Ltd have secured a contract to supply suites of their External Dual Mode (visible and covert) LED lights and control units for the Agusta Bell 212 helicopters that are currently in service with the Spanish Air Force. The customer, Aerlyper required a suite of advanced, reliable external lighting products that were able to perform in the harsh military environment that the 212’s operate in. Oxley were able to satisfy the majority of the technical requirements using existing COTS products that are already proven in service on other platforms, but also showed a commitment to producing an appropriate solution to meet the needs of the customer by developing a bespoke lighting control panel and NVIS compatible formation lights. The IR technology enables the pilot to operate the aircraft confidently using night vision goggles when undertaking covert operations. The lighting suite employs state of the art LED technology and electronics, resulting in a highly reliable and durable product which has been packaged into a compact size to ensure weight and therefore fuel savings for the aircraft. It is also a fit and forget solution thereby providing through life cost savings in terms of spares and maintenance. The prototype kit is due to be delivered to the customer in March 2012 with the production kits and spares following in June 2012.
30 Mar 12. The global need for smaller and lighter devices has led to increased demand for Micro D high contact density interconnects. Weight and size are crucially important factors in missile, aerospace and man portable applications, where their reduction can lead to increased performance. The bulkhead connector with its excellent ground path is a natural place to house the RFI filtering and Oxley have been offering innovative, reliable filtering on MIL-DTL-83513 planform layouts for many years. This experience, gained through the in-house manufacture of the capacitive filter elements and metalwork also allows the customisation of performance requirements to meet the strictest demands. Cost and lead times can be tightly controlled thanks to Oxley in-house design, test, tool room, machine shop and plating facilities. Oxley Micro D Planar Arrays and assemblies have a 1.27mm contact pitch and hence a 50% smaller footprint than equivalent ARINC arrays for the equivalent number of contacts. They use the Oxley ‘spring contact’ design, which protects the ceramic array from mechanical and thermal stress and removes the need for difficult soldering operations. The Micro D arrays can be supplied with compliant grounding strips or fully assembled into a modified connector or custom housing. The same size 26 vias can be placed on custom layouts, including circular arrays.
30 Mar 12. In February, Thales delivered the first series-produced RBE2 radar with active electronically scanned array (AESA) to the Dassault Aviation facility in Mérignac, France. The radar will now be installed on Rafale C137, the first Rafale with this new capability, which is scheduled for delivery to the French defence procurement agency (DGA) this summer. A comprehensive three-month flight test programme conducted with the first production RBE2 AESA radar at the Istres air base demonstrated the qualities of the radar and confirmed the expected levels of performance prior to delivery to Dassault Aviation. The RBE2 AESA radar was delivered in line with the contract schedule, demonstrating the new radar’s technological maturity and further consolidating Thales’s European leadership in radars for combat aircraft. The RBE2 AESA will give the Rafale a number of key advantages:
Extended range for full compatibility with the latest-generation long-range missiles, such as the Meteor, combined with the ability to detect low-observable targets
Higher reliability for reduced cost of