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10 Sep 19. Oxley Group Is Launch Signatory of The Women in Defence Charter. Oxley Group has become one of the first companies to sign the Women in Defence charter that seeks to create a more gender-balanced defence industry in the UK. The Charter is launching at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition 2019 in London (DSEI) where Oxley Group is exhibiting.
Oxley is a leading designer and manufacturer of LED lighting, night vision products and electronic components that are used across worldwide defence platforms to enhance the capability of aircraft and vehicles, and safeguard personnel. The company’s product range includes EMC filters, LED indicator lamps and interconnect products; all designed for challenging military applications.
The Women in Defence Charter is an opportunity for the UK’s defence sector to make a powerful commitment to work together to build a more balanced community that is not only fairer for women but ultimately improves the defence sector and its output.
The Ministry of Defence, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Government Equalities Office have all welcomed the initiative. Organisations signing up to the Charter commit to being the very best at driving inclusion and diversity and providing fair opportunities for women to succeed.
Oxley Group is already a signatory of the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which supporters gender balance and opportunities for women in that sector. More than 50% of Oxley’s 200-strong workforce are women, and the company actively promotes career opportunities with women holding key positions at every level of management within the company, from the board of directors through department management and team leaders.
Group CEO Darren Cavan explains: “Oxley Group has for decades consistently employed a high proportion of women, and from the outset has been an enthusiastic and committed supporter of gender balance initiatives. We support and value all of our workforce, but we recognise that women face challenges within the traditionally male-dominated defence and aerospace sectors, and offer particular encouragement to women entering our industry and building careers within it. Our business is on track to double its turnover within a five year period and treble it within ten years. It will be impossible to achieve those targets without initiatives like the Women in Defence charter to encourage more women to succeed within our industry”
Hannah McGarry is just one example of how women can take advantage of career opportunities within the sectors. She left school and worked as a hairdresser before joining Oxley Group six years ago to work on product assembly.
Hannah started an engineering apprenticeship three years ago and with the company’s support she has completed levels 2,3 and BTEC in electrical engineering and technical support, retaken Maths, English and ICT GCSEs and completed further computer software courses. At present she is completing her final year HNC and hopes to start her HND in September.
Hannah explains: “When I left school I could not envisage creating a career within aerospace or defence – it simply was not on my radar, and there was very little information to demonstrate the exciting opportunities for women within engineering. That has to change and I am proud to be working within Oxley Group and to be part of the process to encourage more women to take up the challenge of building careers in defence and aerospace businesses.”
10 Sep 19. SEA, the UK’s defence and security electronic system specialist, has partnered with innovative navigation provider, iXblue, to develop an autonomous anti-submarine surveillance system, SeaDrix™, for long endurance surveillance patrols. The system was launched at the DSEI exhibition in London and can be deployed as a standalone asset or as part of a wider anti-submarine warfare (ASW) surveillance system.
SeaDrix™ combines SEA’s low-profile acoustic sensor, KraitArray, with iXblue’s unmanned surface vessel, DriX, to create a system that can operate in open ocean conditions and for up to ten days un-refuelled or much longer with at-sea refuelling system.
KraitArray is a thin 20mm modular array that detects acoustic signatures from submarine contacts. Optimised for use with autonomous systems, the KraitArray consists of up to 150m sections that can be tailored to meet the objectives of a specific mission. When attached to DriX – an unmanned surface vessel with a wave piercing hull that acts as a stable towing platform thanks to its outstanding seakeeping capabilities – the technologies offer a persistent autonomous anti-submarine surveillance system. Both technologies are proven in operation.
Steve Hill, Managing Director of SEA said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with iXblue to develop our latest sophisticated autonomous anti-submarine surveillance capability, SeaDrix™. The integration of the two technologies results in a system that will allow naval forces to complete surveillance missions without the need to rely on military vessels and support teams being in the immediate area. The system was initially developed for the Ministry of Defence for deployment in October 2019 and we look forward to discussing the solution at DSEI this month.”
As well as its long endurance capabilities and rugged design, SeaDrix™ has a range of other powerful attributes. It is modular, coming with standalone mission planning, collision avoidance, sonar processing and situation awareness systems, along with comprehensive communication (including long range HF LPI) and the ability to operate with other SeaDrix™ or manned/unmanned systems.
It is also highly deployable. SeaDrix™ is 7.7m long x 3m high, meaning that it can be transported globally in an ISO container. It has its own deployment system (DDS) that can launch, recover and refuel SeaDrix™ at sea from a single point crane or davit either onboard or on a jetty. SeaDrix™ can self-deploy at up to 14 kts and multiple SeaDrix™ systems can be shipped globally to form a multi-static system as and where required.
SEA is now able to offer complete modular ASW solutions – ‘ASW in a box’ – delivering packages to suit operational needs, built from the following elements:
- Lightweight ship’s (or dockside) passive sonar system (reel-able array complete with standalone sonar processing and displays)
- Lightweight active sonar solution to enhance the passive capability above
- Autonomous ASW system (SeaDrix™)
- Lightweight UW decoy launcher system, complete with control system and interfaces with any/all of the above
- Lightweight torpedo launcher system, complete with control system and interfaces with any/all of the above
Steve Hill added: “By providing customers the ability to ‘build their own system’, we are offering improved flexibility, an entry into ASW alongside the potential to grow the capability, and ease of use for navies, which are now tackling increasingly diverse threats in a range of scenarios.”
Guillaume Eudeline, Business Development Manager at iXblue, said: “This is an exciting development. Bringing safety and efficiency to the warfighter, the unique combination of SEA’s KraitArray and our autonomous surface vessel DriX brings a new, durable anti-submarine surveillance capability to naval forces around the world.”
For more information on SEA, please visit: www.sea.co.uk. SeaDrix™ will be available to view at the DSEI exhibition on stand S8 120.
11 Sep 19. ThalesRaytheon and Leonardo to strengthen cooperation on Nato ACCS. ThalesRaytheonSystems and Leonardo have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation on Nato’s air command and control system (ACCS).
The companies will focus on on-site system support, deployment of ACCS to new sites and retrofitting current sites.
The cooperation will enable ACCS to benefit from several innovations developed by Leonardo in the areas of command and control (C2), communications, radar signal processing and ballistic missile defence.
ACCS has been operational in Italy since March 2015 and the system is being transitioned in 10 Nato countries. The missile defence component has been operational since 2012.
The ACCS assists Nato member countries to strengthen the sovereignty of their territories and the protection of their populations and armed forces from air and missile threats.
Being delivered by ThalesRaytheonSystems, ACCS is a single unified and interoperable air command and control system. It provides Nato with a comprehensive approach that spans planning, tasking, monitoring and mission execution.
It will allow member countries to handle all types of air operations, both over the territory of European Nato countries and during external deployments.
Upon full deployment, the Nato ACCS will cover ten million kilometres squared of airspace.
The system replaces a multitude of national and Nato systems to provide common training opportunities, standard operating procedures and more centralised maintenance for all Nato members.
Thales vice president responsible for air operations and weapons system business Thomas Got said: “Before ACCS, each country had its own system. Nato members will soon benefit from unified capabilities, which is a real revolution in the field of air operations.
“ThalesRaytheonSystems is continuing to invest with its partners to support Nato in its programmes and transformation.”
The ACCS programme also offers Nato with a capability to support Air C2 for deployable operations. The Deployable ARS unit is based at Poggio Renatico in Italy as part of Nato’s Deployable Air Command and Control Center. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
09 Sep 19. Launch of HAELO Distributed Intelligence™ software at DSEI. HAELO combines rigorous methodology, cloud software and people powered intelligence to close the gap between management perception and the operating reality, in seconds.
HAELO Distributed Intelligence™ software uses people powered intelligence to enable the delivery of desired effects by employing human as sensors to continually probe and sense the health of complex programmes to provide decision makers with intuitive, real-time situational awareness.
Whether Governing, Delivering, Assuring or Transforming performance, HAELO Distributed Intelligence™ software will,
- Establish control quickly.
- Increase accountability.
- Put awareness at your fingertips.
- Keep everyone informed.
- Give early warning of Issues and Risks.
- Target decisions and actions.
HAELO Consulting was established in 2016 by Founder Mick O’Connor. Mick O’Connor, Managing Director, said; ‘In large programmes so much goes on at the same time that it can easily be overwhelming. I set myself the challenge of creating a simple solution which allows leaders to stay in touch with the performance of entire programmes from the convenience of their mobile phone.
HAELO is the consultancy company which helps leaders to bridge gaps between management perception and operating reality. HAELO uses the Organisational Meshing® framework to combine rigorous methodology, cloud software and situational awareness to help ‘Put Insight and Foresight in Plain Sight’.
10 Sep 19. Fischer Connectors Unveils New Solutions. At DSEI, Fischer Connectors unveils as a world premiere, nine range extensions* of the multiple award-winning plug & use Fischer Freedom™ technology platform. These new solutions are an innovation enabler in connectivity, particularly in terms of SWaP requirements, cable management optimization and wearable technology, for the Dismounted Soldier Modernisation Programme and in line with the Generic Soldier Architecture (GSA).
With the range extensions, along with live demos on its stand at DSEI, Fischer Connectors demonstrates how Fischer Freedom™ serves as a technology platform setting new standards in usability, integrability and versatility for Dismounted Soldier, Ground, Aerospace and Marine applications. Fischer Connectors’ connectivity solutions can make Defence & Security devices and electronic ecosystems smaller, faster and smarter, whether at sea, in air or on land.
Mark Richards, Fischer Connectors UK’s Managing Director said: “Since the Fischer Freedom™ Series was launched over a year ago, we’ve seen immense interest from design engineers active in a large variety of markets and applications. This confirms that our new solution, which has, from the outset, been developed in partnership with a customer in the Defence & Security industry – discussions that started during a previous edition of DSEI – has hit the nail on the head in terms of developing a product that meets our customers’ requirements so perfectly. And particularly within the framework of the Soldier Modernisation Programme, where the plug & use connectivity solutions we are introducing to the market maximize the efficiency, usability and performance of military devices and electronic ecosystems, facilitate integration and optimize cable management.”
* The new features, new configurations, new materials and new active devices using the Fischer LP360™ technological innovations, i.e. 3600 mating freedom and unique combination of sealed, blind-mate and non-magnetic quick-release locking mechanism, are as follows:
- – in size 14 with 7 signal & power contacts (cf. Fischer LP360™ connector in metal launched in June 2018): o new features: cabled receptacle and panel plug
- o new active devices: Rugged Flash Drive, USB 2.0 adaptor and LED
- – in size 08 with 4 signal & power contacts (new material, new contact configuration & size): o LP360™ connector in plastic (high-end composite based on PEEK): cabled plug and panel receptacle
- o LP360™ connector in metal: panel plug and panel receptacle
The breakthrough patent-pending technological innovations of the Fischer Freedom™ Series stem from a custom project initiated during a previous edition of DSEI.
05 Sep 19. Lifesaver to demonstrate water purification products at DSEI 2019. LifeSaver®, a UK-based manufacturer of portable and reusable water purification systems, will be exhibiting its revolutionary products including their new C1 unit at DSEI 2019, which takes place from 10-13 September in the Excel Centre, London.
LifeSaver, who made its name at DSEI 2007 with what was then a revolutionary and literally life-saving water purification bottle, will return to ExCeL – and the defence sector – after an absence of some years.
LifeSaver’s ultrafiltration products effectively remove 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of microbial cysts and 99.99% of viruses from water supplies, with no need for chemicals or electricity.
Wesley Clarke-Sullivan of LifeSaver said: “In 2007 LifeSaver was a relatively new business, and we chose to exhibit at DSEI to develop a position in the defence market. During those few days, DSEI propelled LifeSaver into the sector, enabling us to quickly win significant new business with the British military. As LifeSaver seeks to continue its growth in defence, with new and enhanced variants of the water bottle, we have selected DSEI as the platform to support this”.
Visitors to DSEI can see live demonstrations of LifeSaver’s products, which range from individual-sized drinking bottles to their LifeSaver Jerrycan water purifiers which recently passed compliance testing for NSF Protocol P248 Military Operations – Microbiological Water Purifiers by the US Army Public Health Center (MEDCOM).
LifeSaver will also display their new LifeSaver C1 large scale, in-line purifier, capable of producing up to 500,000 litres of safe drinking water at the turn of a tap and which is making its defence and security exhibition debut at DSEI 2019. The C1 offers mass water purification for larger communities as simply and effectively as LifeSaver’s smaller personal-sized products. The C1 unit was developed to overcome technical challenges associated with the transportation of LifeSaver’s larger C2 units. Joe Lovegrove, Technical and Operations Director at LifeSaver, said:
“Now we can provide these communities with long term solutions for safe drinking water without as much logistical burden and at a lower cost. Being able to easily load a C1 onto a canoe to reach a remote village, for example, is going to be a game changer when it comes to humanitarian aid and disaster response. We’re delighted to showcase this ground-breaking piece of kit at DSEI 2019, and look forward to demonstrating its phenomenal defence and humanitarian potential to international distributors.”
05 Sep 19. Elmo Motion Control – a leading manufacturer of innovative motion control technologies ‒ will introduce its newest solution at DSEI. Gold Triple Bee is an extreme power-density servo drive with an ultra-current, meant to drive the world’s most critical missions, where high precision and high reliability are mandatory.
Gold Triple Bee
The new technology is an evolution of the Gold Bee miniature servo drive. Its extreme current capability in a compact form factor make it ideal for harsh environment applications requiring high power with limited space. This may include applications such as airborne UAVs and heavy-duty drones, turrets, and firing stations. As with the rest of the ExtrIQ family of harsh environment products, Gold Triple Bee can operate in temperatures of
-40°C to 70°C, and withstands mechanical shocks of up to 20g or vibrations of up to 14.6Grms (2kHz). Complying with the strictest safety, EMC, electrical, and environmental standards, Gold Triple Bee delivers up to 270A of continuous current and up to 200V (60A). With a ~99% power conversion efficiency, it is ideal for DC/battery-operated missions.
Haim Monhait, CEO, said, “Elmo is proud to be a leader in an age where advanced motion technology is driving some of the world’s most critical missions. Whether it’s for a missile winglet control, a ground turret control, or for an underwater thruster, our servo performance and minimal form factor play a crucial role. Gold Triple Bee meets this global need ‒ and allows the platform to operate with maximum efficiency and accuracy, even in extremely harsh environments. ExtrIQ technology has been performing day and night for over 25 years in the air, on the ground, and underwater, with over 200k drives installed globally. “
Israel Pavilion, Stand S6-120
09 Sep 19. PELA Systems is launching it’s latest sensor integration platform – PELAmesh. Designed and manufactured in the UK, PELAmesh offers a remote scene assessment capability like no other. Delivering improved protection to the operator while increasing their situational awareness. PELAmesh is a sensor agnostic platform, with a wide range of operational applications, from CBRN, EOD/IED through to weather monitoring.
Until now, specialist operators have operated handheld sensors within immediate proximity of a substance or device, placing them at high levels of risk. PELAmesh features a unique patented design, which has at its heart a fusion of hardware, data encryption and software necessary to deliver live sensor agnostic telemetry in the field. With PELAmesh connected to the sensor, live data can be wirelessly transmitted to the operator, now situated at a safer distance.
Highly portable and operational in seconds, PELAmesh has been well received by the British Army, Department for International Trade and other organisations. PELA Systems Founder, Peter Lashbrook has said “we have been delighted by the overwhelming enthusiasm that has been expressed for PELAmesh and the understanding how this can be applied in real-life scenarios”.
In addition to portable applications, PELAmesh offers clear benefits to infrastructure applications, such as large public gatherings, buildings, airports and underground stations.
PELAmesh is being demonstrated at DSEI in the Innovation Hub throughout the exhibition. Feel free to visit our stand, IH06 in the North Hall.
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.