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10 Mar 22. Secretary of State for International Trade, Anne-Marie Trevelyan Visits Oxley. Secretary of State for International Trade, Anne-Marie Trevelyan has visited Oxley as part of the Board of Trade visit to Furness.
The Secretary of State was accompanied by Simon Fell, MP for Barrow and Furness and a wider Board of Trade team. The group toured the Ulverston factory to see some of the world leading aerospace and defence technology being designed and manufactured inhouse. Oxley is a global pioneer in high specification LED lighting, night vision solutions and electronic components, customers include Airbus, Boeing, Saab, BAE Systems and General Dynamics.
Oxley is a Northern Powerhouse Export Champion, a role they have proudly held since 2016, the team works with the Department of International Trade to encourage other businesses to grow through exporting. Oxley’s export journey started in the 1970s and the Group now exports 80% of products to 34 countries across all 5 continents. Oxley Group has been four times winner of the Prestigious Exporter of the Year Award.
During the visit the team showcased the new technology developed for the KF-21 fighter jet in South Korea. Oxley has worked with KAI on the development programme over four years and has supplied a fully qualified external LED lighting system for the prototype aircraft, Oxley is now also part of the ground-breaking UK Tempest project.
The Priory Park site has had over £1.5M investment programme over recent years to upgrade facilities and advance technical capability. The Secretary of State met the skilled Oxley team based onsite including apprentices, design engineers and technicians. The Board of Trade visit to Cumbria focused on future opportunities for growth and Oxley showcased the work they are doing with young people to develop future skills and build a pipeline to meet this growth opportunity.
The Secretary of State commented, ‘Our Export Champions play a vital role in helping us deliver our trade strategy and achieve our Race to a Trillion pounds worth of exports by the end of this decade.
‘Oxley Group is an excellent example of the hard work and successful collaboration between DIT and these Export Champions. It was a pleasure to visit their site and find out how this world-leading company is boosting growth and creating jobs in the region, which in turn is helping us to level up the entire UK.’
Oxley Group CEO, Darren Cavan added, ‘Oxley was delighted to host the visit from the Secretary of State. Innovation and export are part of the Oxley DNA and increased international trade is critical to our future growth. The Secretary of State’s visit gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our global leading technology and capabilities that makes Oxley the choice of defence and aerospace companies across the globe.’
10 Mar 22. TE Connectivity NanoRF optical modules offer more speed and functionality in small form factor. Critical solution supports increased density and bandwidth demands for defense industry.
- TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, is introducing its NanoRF optical hybrid modules for the defense industries VPX-based embedded computing systems that require increased bandwidth and radio frequency (RF) signaling. The new hybrid modules feature high-density RF and optical connections within common connector module applications like radar, electronic warfare (EW) missile guidance and tactical communications, along with any other small footprint applications where high-frequency RF and optical signals are critical.
The NanoRF optical hybrid module’s cable mechanical transfer (MT) and edge-mount transceivers provide additional modularity and options for implementation. Intermateability and interoperability among VPX suppliers is accomplished by multiple slot profiles and connector modules added to the VITA 65.0 and VITA 65.1 compliant backplanes and board-level profiles. The NanoRF optical hybrid modules are being defined in the VITA 66.5 draft standard, planned for release in 2022.
“The new NanoRF optical hybrid modules make it possible to meet the need for open systems architecture while providing increased bandwidth and RF signaling capacity for C5ISR systems,” said Clint Schlosser, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division. “This new functionality offers the defense industry the flexibility, longevity and reliability their aerospace and ground systems require.”TE’s strategic design includes a floating insert on the backplane side which contains both NanoRF contacts and optical MTs. This allows precise alignment of the RF contacts and MTs before engagement, enabling the highest density within a VPX slot.
“The NanoRF optical hybrid module product line is the result of a close relationship between TE’s RF and fiber optic engineering teams,” said Schlosser. “As bandwidth and density demands continue to increase, I anticipate even more innovative designs for our customers in the future.”
The connector modules have a rated frequency of 85 GHz, a mechanical temperature range of -55°C to +125°C and are available in basecard and mezzanine edge mount or cable options.
For more information, visit NanoRF Optical Hybrid Modules including a complete list of TE’s product features and options.
10 Mar 22. LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, software code analysis, and test tools, today announced that the KONČAR Group has chosen LDRArules to perform static analysis on the source code for its newest Grap suite modular software platform and to confirm compliance with MISRA C. The cross-sector nature of KONČAR’s business required the project be compliant with different functional standards, with IEC 61508, IEC 62061, and EN 50128 especially important.
Founded in Zagreb, Croatia, in January 1921, KONČAR has railway and power generation equipment installed in more than 100 countries on all continents. The Grap suite includes a proprietary real time operating system (RTOS); a graphical application development environment that encompasses a Function Block Diagram (FBD) editor; a service & diagnostics tool, and target support packages composed of block libraries and code generation tools for specific target controllers. Grap suite accommodates the diversity of the disparate safety-critical sectors serviced by the company, and the varying degree of autonomy on the part of KONČAR’s customers.
LDRArules enables KONCAR to enforce compliance with industry- or user-defined coding standards and provides clear visibility of software flaws that might typically pass through the build and test process and become latent problems. With KONCAR’s new platform complete, and LDRArules set to perform this static analysis, the company is overseeing the development of offerings based on the new platform, such as the SafeLog project for safe human-robot interaction in logistics applications in warehouses.
“SafeLog was the first project to which we applied the new software platform and the development process involving LDRArules” said Josip Babić, Head of Software Platforms with KONČAR. “Individuals entering a dangerous area (such as an automated warehouse) wear the vests to enable machines to detect them, analyse the distance from them, and stop if necessary.
“Currently we are using the same Grap software platform to develop a new version of a train control and management system for Croatian Railways,” Babić added. “The move to the C language coupled with MISRA compliance enforced through the use of LDRArules inspires confidence that our code quality has improved and will continue to do so.”
The project was a successful experience for LDRA and KONČAR alike. “Nearly every industry has different coding standards, so software platforms like KONCAR’s Grab suite needs support from a product like LDRArules that can help ensure this compliance no matter the industry,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director at LDRA. “The flexibility of their Grap suite platform is an impressive achievement and critical for myriad applications , and in addition to ensuring compliance, it’s equally important to ensure the code is flawless from the start so it can function properly and safely throughout its lifetime.”
08 Mar 22. DOD in Search of Disruptive Technologies That Will Enable the Warfighter. Peer adversaries Russia and China have been investing heavily on developing capabilities in hypersonics, space, nuclear, cyber and autonomy, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering said.
Heidi Shyu spoke virtually today at a McAleese defense conference.
” has amplified the criticality of strengthening our technological superiority and maintaining our military advantage, to include teamwork with our allies and partners,” she said.
Adversaries will increasingly have greater access to commercial state-of-the-art technologies than ever before, she added.
“We cannot afford a leveling of technology advantage. It is imperative for the department to nurture early research in emerging technologies to prevent technological surprise. We must leverage critical state-of-the-art commercial technology where rapid advancements are trying to accelerate our military capabilities,” Shyu said.
“We must leverage the incredible amount of technology innovation across our nation to give our leap-ahead capabilities to solve tough operational challenges,” she said.
The department must harness the innovation, both domestically and globally. This includes university affiliated research centers, federally funded research and development centers, defense industry and commercial sectors, and allies and partners.
“Working together, we can solve the toughest challenges much more rapidly. Teamwork is our asymmetric advantage,” Shyu said, describing some current and upcoming initiatives.
The Defense Department’s Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation, more commonly called the SMART Program, funded the tuition of 416 new undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering and math last year.
The 2021 cohort comprises students representing 184 colleges and universities and is the largest and most diverse in the program’s 15-year history, she said.
After graduation, the SMART scholars will work at one of the 100 DOD labs, Shyu said.
Shyu noted potentially disruptive capabilities that the department would like to acquire, including:
- Biotech can provide early sensing to help avoid pandemics.
- Quantum science can provide unprecedented computational speed and help to solve the hardest analytical problems. It can also provide significantly more precise position, navigation and timing.
- Advanced materials that can be stronger, yet lighter, can reduce the logistics burden. Also, materials that can handle extreme temperatures better can protect personnel.
- 5G and future G wireless technology can aid in communications.
- Cybersecure artificial intelligence and autonomy are critical to operating unmanned platforms.
- An integrated network system that enables engagement by any sensor to any shooter with the ability to integrate disparate systems that were never designed to talk to each other.
- A hybrid, more proliferated space architecture to enable resilient cross-domain operations, communications, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and position navigation and timing.
- Advanced computing and software must focus on a module, open architecture to isolate hardware from the software and enable rapid upgrades.
- Onshoring micro-electronics, because 70% now come from Asia, which poses a supply chain risk.
- Highly immersive, realistic training environments can provide real-time feedback to enhance warfighters performance.
- Directed energy has finally matured to the point that it can be fielded.
- Hypersonic missiles have the ability to dramatically shorten the flight time and provide extreme maneuvering. They’re also very difficult to counter.
- Component technologies have advanced significantly to enable the development of integrated sensing and cyber into a single system. The department must develop wideband sensors to operate at the intersection of cyberspace, electronic warfare, radar and communications to enable operation in a highly contested environment. (Source: US DoD)
08 Mar 22. SA company showcasing military vehicle nav system in Saudi Arabia. An innovative military vehicle navigation system designed and developed by Pretoria-based electronics company Etion Create is on display at the World Defence Show (WDS) currently taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A number of major international vehicle manufacturers are showcasing the CheetahNAV system in MRAP (mine resistant, ambush-protected) vehicles.
“CheetahNAV attracted significant interest in the Middle East market since we launched the system in September 2020. Due to clients insisting on confidentiality in military deals, I can only confirm major contracts signed with two Middle East customers and cannot name them,” Tobie van Loggerenberg, executive business development manager, said.
He confirmed the Middle East as a focus area for Etion Create.
CheetahNAV is designed for harsh environments, such as extreme battlefield conditions. Using an inertial measurement unit (IMU) comprising several aids, including an advanced algorithm, CheetahNAV provides vehicle crews with outstanding situational awareness, the company said.
“The system provides dead reckoning horizontal position accuracy of 0.2% of distance travelled, even where the vehicle crew is denied satellite navigation. This translates to an accuracy of just 200 metres over a 100 kilometre distance,” Van Loggerenberg said.
The tactical grade IMU ensures the system is immune to jamming. Data is displayed on a sunlight readable touchscreen enabled moving map display unit in 16:9 TFT format, with a 1920×1080 resolution.
Etion Create also offers a slave unit for the vehicle driver, as the main display can be positioned elsewhere in a space constrained vehicle. The slave unit, measuring 3.5” diagonal TFT, displays information specifically for the driver.
According to Van Loggerenberg, CheetahNAV evolved from a multi-functional display product in Etion Create’s existing industrial product portfolio with an installed base of over a thousand units. This saw the system reaching a high TRL (technology readiness level) suitable for export, especially where technology transfer is essential.
“For the export market, specifically multi-national operations that are almost the norm, we offer a multi-language option. Our CheetahNAV is focused on the export market, including technology transfer to enable indigenous manufacturing, as is the case with most Middle East countries.”
In addition to demand from the Middle East, there have also been requests from systems integrators in the United States for this product for opportunities in South-east Asia. As CheetahNAV is non-ITAR, customers worldwide can use it for navigation and battlefield management needs.
The display component of CheetahNAV is spun off as a separate product in response to customer requests. The resulting DS620 smart/rugged display is aimed at video applications with systems integrators and/or OEMs putting own software in and linking to various hardware.
Etion Create (formerly Parsec) supplied electronic technology products and solutions to defence customers for more than 20 years for land, sea and air applications. It also operates in the aerospace, information security, mining and industrial sectors.
The formation of Etion allows it to offer turnkey professional engineering solutions from early system concepts through to final product manufacturing and logistic support.
For the defence sector, Etion Create offers customised solutions in signal processing platforms for radar; signal processing units for electronic warfare, weapons integration and weapon control systems, mil-standard communication interfaces, mission computers and display electronic units and test equipment. Etion Create previously developed camera sensor electronics for an optical helmet tracker solution for Eurofighter and Gripen fighter jets used by European air forces and the SA Air Force.
Etion Create has orders for the manufacturing of electronics for defence applications from local clients in South Africa and provides products to the SA National Defence Force Defence Intelligence division. The company is also actice in the information security domain and has products providing virtual private networking (VPN) capabilities. (Source: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)
07 Mar 22. BAE Systems and Pipistrel to explore sustainable aircraft development. The partners will combine their expertise to respond to the aviation demands of the defence sector. BAE Systems has partnered with Pipistrel Aircraft to explore the development of lightweight sustainable aircraft. The partnership will witness the combining of BAE Systems’ expertise in advanced military aircraft with Pipistrel’s knowledge in electrically powered aircraft.
Together, they will focus on building solutions for the defence and security sector, including the application of electric aircraft to minimise carbon emissions.
Pipistrel Aircraft founder and CEO Ivo Boscarol said: “To address climate change, an unprecedented application of zero-emission technologies is necessary, especially in aviation. We welcome BAE Systems’ initiative to embrace cutting edge and type-certified electric propulsion technologies that are already deployed in our Velis Electro. As we look into the future, we are excited about this collaboration, bringing enhanced potential for an even greater product.”
Electric-powered aircraft are more environmentally friendly as compared to traditionally powered equivalent aircraft and deliver low running costs.
Through this alliance, BAE Systems aims to support its strategy to promote sustainable technology development via additional research and development investment, as well as reaching partnerships with industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, and academia.
BAE Systems Air chief operating officer Ian Muldowney said: “This is an opportunity to help evolve the range of products and services we can offer to our customers who are responding to rapidly changing defence and security priorities.
“While operational capability will always be the priority in defence, we know that solutions that are sympathetic to the environment are becoming increasingly important and our collaboration with Pipistrel presents a fantastic opportunity to leverage our joint expertise.”
Last week, BAE Systems performed a flight test of advanced Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) technology at a test range belonging to the US Department of Defense (DoD). (Source: airforce-technology.com)
Oxley Group Ltd
Oxley offer a range of Military Marine NVG friendly LED lighting that includes navigation lights and controls, flight deck landing lights and interior compartment lighting. Our lighting products are used by Navies around the world including our own Royal Navy on UK Aircraft Carriers, Canadian Frigates, Swedish Submarines, Australian Surface vessels and Submarines, on board French Naval Carriers and in Naval Gun Turrets.
The technology is extremely energy efficient and built robustly, with proven long life. The lighting is NVG friendly, dimmable and programmable to allow for operations with aircraft pilots using military night vision goggles. They offer superior design giving high reliability for the most demanding environments with high sealing and the ability to meet the most stringent EMC standards.
Oxley are proud to say that we are working in partnership with SeaKing to enable a control panel to be offered with our LED Navigation Lighting. All of Oxley navigation lights have been specifically developed for vessels over 50 metres.
Contact Marcus Goad on 07850 917 263 for more information or to arrange samples.
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.