Web Page sponsor Oxley Developments
Oxley Group Ltd
18 Feb 19. Survitec has introduced a new GPM range of military inflatable boats capable of adaptable single point inflation and a range of innovative solutions. Launched today in Abu Dhabi, at IDEX/NAVDEX defence trade fair, the new GPM is a rugged, robust and lightweight inflatable boat constructed of high spec Hypalon material to provide increased abrasion and UV resistance.
Developed by Survitec in response to customer and user feedback from ex-Marine boat specialists and other specialist military units, the new range is designed for all insertion and extraction scenarios. The boat features a single point of inflation which can be configured to suit the requirements of the customer making inflation during subsurface operations, paradrops and helocasts more user friendly
Additional features include extra wear patches on the tubes, extra rubbing strake on the keel and a double skin reinforcement on the bow area to protect the boat from damage during beach operations.
Scott Tonks, boats subject matter expert, Survitec, said: “Being able to tailor the inflation method to the scenario makes the boats even more versatile. For example, in a subsurface scenario, the tightly-packed buoyancy-neutral boat would be brought to the surface by a diver. The inflation dial could be packed within the boat making it difficult to access. A cable with a remote activation dial can be attached to the boat’s air cylinders so that he/she can easily inflate the boat when required at the surface.”
Inflatable boats are often used for a range of tasks varying from logistical to Special Forces/reconnaissance missions which are frequently carried out in harsh environments. Survitec has therefore added armour protection to certain points of the GPM range to offer reinforcements against punctures and tears.
Tonks said: “All sorts of units from army regiments to special forces will use this boat. If troops are required to land a boat it is rarely on sand. It will more likely be on difficult terrain where you are less likely to be over watched, so it’s important that these inflatable boats won’t be torn apart during these activities.”
The GPM range also comes equipped with a rapid deploy tow that allows a stricken boat to be attached to a tow whilst the boat carrying out the rescue keeps moving.
Devised and built by Survitec, the rapid deploy tow is located at the back of boat in a built-in parcel and ready to deploy. It can be solely operated by the coxswain who pulls on the toggle and clips the tow to the stricken boat as he drives past before removing it from danger.
Tonks said: “The rapid deploy tow can be easily reset for repeat use. It is ideal for use in tactical scenarios and for extracting a disabled boat out of the killing area”.
The boats come in five sizes ranging from 3.8m to 5.8m. The single point inflation feature can be used with one or two air cylinders and the 5.3m boat can be inflated in one minute.
The new GPM range was presented in live, in-action demonstrations at the NAVDEX marina, which runs alongside the IDEX event.
17 Feb 19. Harris Corporation Improves TNW-75 Waveform to Support Larger User Networks.
- Improved TNW-75 waveform doubles user nodes in the communications network
- Leading waveform includes advanced situational awareness and electronic warfare defenses
- Supports Harris’ commitment to continue improving industry leading waveforms and radios
Harris Booth #03-A2 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has upgraded the TNW-75 Waveform – doubling the user node count and providing significantly greater value for large C4I networks.
The increase in nodes from 64 to 128 enables users to flatten the company and below networks into a single 75 kHz network that provides more accurate operational understanding, eliminates radio-to-radio interconnection points of failure, and reduces the number of radios and required spectrum by 25 percent. The upgrade further enhances the already capable TNW-75 waveform, which is self-forming and self-healing, designed for ease of use and provides a common operating picture with a range of up to 30 kilometers. Other advanced capabilities include low latency situational awareness updates while on the move, real-time C2 for dismounted, mobile and aerial tier assets, and up to six platoon-level talk groups. The waveform also provides streamlined mapping of both blue and red forces, while providing electronic warfare defense via flexible operations through both VHF and UHF spectrums and with anti-jamming technologies.
“This TNW-75 improvement coupled with the Harris 7850 leading family of radios, provides customers with an overwhelming communications advantage on the technology-driven battlefield,” said Christopher Aebli, vice president and general manager, International Tactical Communications. “The capability improvement delivered on a narrow-band 75kHz channel makes it ideal for spectrum-constrained environments and large-scale land force deployments.”
15 Feb 19. TMD exhibits again at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) with latest – and new high efficiency – MPMs, plus advanced Ka band microwave amplifiers – all on the ADS UK Pavilion Stand 05-C31
Exhibiting again at IDEX, TMD Technologies Ltd (TMD), foremost West London based manufacturer in the microwave and RF field, will be showing a representative selection of its latest advanced products for air, land and sea defence applications.
At IDEX 2019 TMD will be showcasing a selection of microwave power modules (MPMs) for EW and defence systems – including two new high efficiency amplifiers. Also on show will be intelligent instrumentation amplifiers, and radar transponders from G2 Engineering – a newly acquired TMD company.
Jane McAlister, TMD’s Sales and Business Development Director, said: “Although we have attended IDEX several times as visitors, this is only the second time we have actually exhibited. IDEX is one of the premier defence exhibitions covering the Middle East and North Africa regions and the decision to exhibit again is all part of our strategy to continue our expansion into this territory. Once again, being part of the ADS UK Pavilion gives us the opportunity to establish and strengthen important relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces across a wide region”.
TMD introduces two NEW ultra-high efficiency amplifiers for radar
TMD has introduced two new amplifiers to its advanced PTX range of MPMs for radar, EW and communications.
TMD’s two new amplifiers for radar offer over 50% efficiency improvement over earlier products.
Operating in the X band, the new TWT based PTX8430 and PTX8501 offer ultra-high efficiency, providing more than 50% improvement over the previous models. TMD has achieved this impressive performance by matching high efficiency TWT technology with TMD’s ultra-efficient power supply topology. Designed for high power radar applications, on land, sea or air, these new MPMs have a power output of 1 kW over the frequency range 9-10 GHz – with duty cycles of 5 and 10% respectively and 55 dB gain.
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.