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15 June 22. Oxley Wins Contract on the British Army’s Boxer Programme. Oxley Group has secured its position as leading the global market in vehicle lighting following the award of the contract for LED lighting on the British Army’s new Boxer vehicles. The contract is worth £3.7m and has been jointly awarded by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) and Rheinmetall Landsysteme (RLS).
Oxley Group will be providing internal lighting, directed lighting, search lights and IR lights on to Boxer vehicles until 2030, as part of the UK MOD’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme.
The end-to-end design and manufacture of the lighting will be undertaken by a skilled team of 150 engineers and support staff at the Oxley site in Ulverston, Cumbria. This contract will support further growth and protect key manufacturing skills in the UK, including the apprentices currently receiving training within the organisation.
The Boxer vehicles will be equipped with the ’best in class’ LED lighting. Oxley lighting solutions offer high-build quality and high performance, as well as meeting the most stringent EMC and power standards. Oxley has many decades’ experience in manufacturing LED lighting with excellent optical performance and advanced technical characteristics, specifically designed for military vehicle applications.
Darren Cavan, Oxley Group CEO said: “We’re delighted to be awarded this contract, to be part of a prestigious advanced technological platform such as the Boxer is confirmation of our world leading position in the provision of high-performance lighting for military vehicles and we look forward to working in partnership with the RSBL and RLS teams as this programme develops.”
Simon Fell, MP for Barrow & Furness commented: “This contract shows just how well regarded the fantastic Oxley team are. They are world-leaders in producing LED lighting for the defence industry and, in their 80th year, are showing that their brightest days remain ahead of them. This contract will secure jobs and enable the business to plan for the future, further cementing Ulverston’s position as an advanced manufacturing centre. The team should be rightly proud of being selected to deliver this contract.”
Stuart Evans, RBSL Project Director for the Boxer Programme said: “It is a pleasure to announce this latest contract award as it will not only help us to successfully deliver the Boxer programme for the British Army, but it will secure jobs and protect UK manufacturing skills.
“We are making great progress in developing the programme and we look forward to working with Oxley Group as we commence the next phase of the project.”
The MIV programme aims to support and enhance the UK supply chain. As such, RBSL and RLS are part of a MIV Joint Procurement Team, which has engaged suppliers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This contract is the latest in a series of supplier contracts for the MIV programme.
Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) contract was announced in November 2019 between the UK MOD and ARTEC – a joint venture between RLS, Rheinmetall Defence Nederland B.V, and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. The contract will meanwhile deliver over 600 Boxer vehicles to the British Army.
Vehicle production is subcontracted equally between RBSL and WFEL. The companies will undertake the fabrication of the armoured vehicle structures together with the assembly, integration and test of the complete vehicles at their respective facilities in Telford and Stockport, with support from the UK supply chain.
Oxley is a world leading designer and manufacturer of high specification LED lighting, night vision solutions and electronic components, products are in use worldwide on aircraft, vehicle and naval platforms. The Oxley lighting range includes commercial off the shelf products for upgrade and new build programmes and the team specialises in the design of full lighting solutions.
The Oxley range also includes EMC filters, LED indicator lamps and interconnect products; all designed for challenging military applications. The Group offers a full turn-key solution from its site in Cumbria and products are exported worldwide.
13 Jun 22. Augmented Reality-Enabled Manifest® Platform Becoming Pivotal in Military Digitization Efforts. Studies for Military Reveal Dramatic Decrease in Maintenance Task Errors. At the Eurosatory show in Paris (June 13-17, Microsoft stand K350, Hall 5A), Taqtile showcases use-case performance data demonstrating how its augmented reality (AR)-enabled work-instruction platform, Manifest®, reduces technician errors when performing vehicle repair, maintenance, and inspection tasks. Through the capture of expert knowledge, integrated with key sources of data and fused into an intuitive AR environment, Manifest creates digitally augmented workflows that increase service member understanding, reduce cognitive stress, and improve operational readiness.
Manifest is used by deskless technicians and mechanics at defense organizations such as the United States Army, the New Zealand Defense Force, and the U.S. Airforce to manage a variety of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) tasks, as well as inspection procedures. Making military personnel more efficient and their work more accurate keeps military equipment operating properly, makes defense facilities safer and more compliant, and improves the safety of operators.
Performance data from various studies demonstrate just how effective Manifest is:
* USAF jet engine technicians using Manifest completed 100% of 28 assigned tasks with zero errors.
* Automotive technicians in the New Zealand Army Trade Training School using Manifest completed tasks with 36% fewer errors than trainees using extant training methods which included instructor assistance.
* Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) evaluators using Manifest generated 53% fewer errors/discrepancies than counterparts not using Manifest.
“The data clearly support the efficacy of Manifest in military inspection, repair, and maintenance use cases,” said Kelly Malone, Chief Customer Officer, Taqtile. “Manifest is performing a key function in helping defense organizations modernize workflows, and reduce errors and omissions caused by skills gaps.”
Live Demonstration at Eurosatory
The Manifest AR-enabled platform will be demonstrated on the HoloLens 2 in the Microsoft stand (K350, Hall 5A) at Eurosatory this week. Attendees can follow a routine maintenance procedure to inspect a physical aircraft front landing gear in the booth. Schedule a demonstration at Eurosatory.
Seattle-based Taqtile is revolutionizing how deskless workers do their jobs. Taqtile exists to empower and equip people with the tools they need to complete their jobs flawlessly, accurately, every time. By leveraging proven technologies, including augmented reality, 3D visualization, and real-time collaborative communication, Taqtile’s Manifest platform empowers deskless workers to complete complex tasks more efficiently, completely, and safely than ever before. Taqtile is the 2020 Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner of the Year and a proud member of Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas” list for two consecutive years – 2021 and 2022. For more information on Taqtile and Manifest, please visit https://taqtile.com/defense/. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
12 June 22. General Robotics is introducing at Eurosatory (Hall 5A D468) the latest versions of robotics systems developed by the company and used by special operations and counter-terror operators worldwide. On display are the third generation DOGO MKIII assault robot, a new lightweight reconnaissance robot – the CHAMELEON, and the latest version of the PITBULL lightweight remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) enhanced with advanced Smart-AI capabilities.
DOGO MK III: DOGO has become a famous weaponized robot, operational by numerous special forces and SWAT units in high-risk situations. The latest version – DOGO MKIII, has improved capabilities with sharper cameras, automatic target tracking, and faster Point & Shoot™ capability. It is designed to accommodate additional weapons, including Glock 19 and 26; General Robotics backs the DOGO with the ‘Anti-Terror Warranty™,’ providing repair or replacement for DOGO units lost in combat.
CHAMELEON: The new four-wheeled miniature reconnaissance robot has a built-in panoramic vision and integral MESH network enabling indoor multi-robot operation. Its unique wheels enable it to climb on vertical metallic surfaces such as doors, poles, ship hulls, pipes, or gutters.
PITBULL Smart-AI: At Eurosatory, General Robotics also displays the latest Smart-AI PITBULL (RCWS). The new Smart-AI capability contributes to the PITBULL’s self-awareness functions that optimize it for robotic systems applications. RCWS can also be configured for counter-drone system (C-UAS) missions, equipped with soft and hard-kill measures.
13 June 22. RT LTA exposes the new capability that will allow all SkyStar330 aerostat systems to be remote controlled. As a part of looking forward and the need to have better protection for the operators together with the wish to reduce the cost of operation, RT finished the development of the first remote control system.
Eurosatory 2022, Hall 5B, Allee D, Stand number 330 The Israeli-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems Ltd. will present its SkyStar family of aerostats, which includes the SkyStar330, at Eurosatory. Towards the exhibition, the company exposes the new development that will allow users to be away from the aerostat while it is in deployment. This announcement of finishing extensive development over the last two years. This development forced the company to add many sensors that will allow the operators to know what are the flight conditions. The company also added sensors and features that will automatically prevent flight safety issues and will allow safe operation. The SkyStar aerostats are a self-contained, versatile, and easily transportable tactical systems, ideal for defense, border security, HLS and public safety missions. Offering availability of over 85% in any given area, the SkyStar systems already accumulated more than 4,000,000 operational hours worldwide. Rami Shmueli, RT CEO: “We are happy to expose our new development to the SkyStar330 system, this system which is carrying up to 50kg’ payload is used by our most advanced client and most of them deploy the systems in places where you need max protection to operational teams, This feature will allow the users to fly the system even if the control room is on the other side of the world. This new capability is the first step towards fully autonomous system that is already in development process and will be available to clients in the near future. I believe that this is a real game changer that will allow better safer and most cost-effective operation of the systems. Looking at the upcoming Olympic games in Paris 2024 I am happy to expose this new capability in Paris at Eurosatory”. RT LTA Systems LTD 18 Hidekel st., P.O.B 711, Yavne 8110602 Tel: 08-9433616 Fax: 08-9433607 visit us at: www.rt.co.il E-mail: About RT LTA Systems Ltd. RT LTA Systems Ltd. is a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of the SkyStar ™ family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications applications. SkyStar is a self-contained, versatile, easily transportable, cost-effective tactical system comprised of a ground control station, a ground system module, a tether, a lighter-than-air platform, a stabilized payload platform, and a sensor suite. RT LTA was chosen as one of the 5 most influential companies in the field of aerostats, according to the Market and Markets survey. The SkyStar systems already accomplished more than 4 million operational hours worldwide RT’s SkyStar180 systems supported the security efforts in the Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo 2020 and are currently operational in various military and civilian missions in many different countries . RT LTA Systems was established by former military intelligence and current CEO Rami Shmueli, who served as the head of the aerostats department in the IDF. The company headquarters and production lines are based in Yavne, Israel, and its American subsidiary company, RT Aerostat Systems, Inc. is located in Texas.
11 June 22. Manifest By Taqtile at Eurosatory. Microsoft booth K350, Hall 5A. Manifest is a tried and tested augmented reality (AR)-enabled work-instruction tool that gives deskless workers instant access to step-by-step documented guidance and real-time support on-demand from their organisation’s subject matter experts, technicians, and trainers, anywhere, anytime. This AR-enabled guidance empowers military personnel to complete maintenance and repair procedures more consistently and accurately, decreasing cognitive load and stress.
Device agnostic and scalable, Manifest has so far seen widespread use across several industry sectors including Manufacturing, Utilities, Transportation, and notably in Defense
where the platform has been deployed in varied military logistic support applications including maintenance, repair, and training.
Manifest increases operational efficiencies by helping deskless personnel, regardless of skill level or experience, complete their tasks consistently and more efficiently by providing on-the-job equipment familiarization and operation. Manifest reduces errors by enabling
personnel to perform operational tasks more accurately and more consistently. Because every task is different, requiring unique procedures and equipment specific to the environment, the Manifest platform is designed to work with a variety of devices. Hardware
supported includes head-mounted displays (HMDs), wearable computers, smart glasses, and mobile devices, such as the iPad. Popular brands of HMDs supported by Manifest include the Microsoft HoloLens 2, Magic Leap, and RealWear. By making Manifest usable on a range of devices, Taqtile provides maximum flexibility to organizations to outfit their
deskless workers with the optimal tool to get the job done.
Manifest is designed with high levels of security so it can be deployed within defense and governmental organizations. Secure authentication, encrypted file systems and data transmissions, together with Taqtile’s top-of-the-line security practices for development and code review, deliver best-in-class compliance.
Although Manifest is available in the cloud, it was designed to be deployed and used on-premises without any outside connectivity required. In addition, Manifest can be used off-line, including creating, using, and editing content. Procedures can be downloaded for use in disconnected and locked-down locations.
HOW MANIFEST WORKS
Manifest puts knowledge right at the fingertips of deskless personnel. Device agnostic and scalable, Manifest is an AR work-instruction platform that helps support, train, and upskill staff, wherever they may be.
Manifest allows organizations to capture and document standard operating processes for diagnostics, maintenance, and repair, in addition to established best practises. Experienced technicians can capture and annotate their workflows with Manifest, that deskless personnel can follow via documented, step-by-step instructions to gain a new job
skill, train on a new piece of equipment, enhance current knowledge, or complete a task.
THE TECHNOLOGY CONTEXT
Digital transformation of organizational operations continues to be an important strategic goal. Leveraging technologies such as AR and LTE/5G networks, Manifest is a tested and proven platform. Manifest enables flawless operational workflows everywhere and every time by
aggregating these critical components of your operational systems so that jobs get done faster and better:
Experts document procedures. Workers execute them. Management evaluates
results and performance leading to continuous improvement.
Regardless of skill level and experience, institutional knowledge, expert assistance, and team collaboration is enabled and available – whenever it is needed.
Traditional physical barriers disappear. Work gets done consistently wherever the job is and on whatever devices you are already using – regardless of individual, team, or equipment locations.
Workers interact with equipment and IoT sensor data in real-time and then data is integrated with enterprise-wide systems for archiving and future analysis. By leveraging augmented reality, the Manifest platform improves operational workflows so that tasks get done more accurately and consistently. Using Manifest, deskless personnel document maintenance and operational procedures, follow step-by-step instructions and remotely collaborate with experts when needed. Manifest makes job instruction information, used for task guidance and training, maintenance, and diagnostics, accessible from head-mounted devices, such as HoloLens
2, RealWear or Magic Leap One, as well as from tablets and mobile phones. Personnel can access and utilize more than digital manuals on Manifest. A rich library of accessible information can be made available, including audio and video instructions, photos, high-quality 3D models, photos, and real-time IoT sensor data.
13 June 22. Collins Aerospace launches first M-Code compatible navigation system for military ground vehicles available in Europe
* NavHub™-200M vehicular navigation solution introduced at Eurosatory 2022
* Provides ground platforms with assured positioning, navigation and timing (APNT) capability, including data fusion with other sensors
* First solution with M-Code capabilities and upgrade paths for other GNSS systems
At Eurosatory 2022, Collins Aerospace is introducing NavHub™-200M, the first non-ITAR vehicular navigation system for the international market compatible with Military Code (M-Code) receiver technology.
NavHub-200M’s improved message formats and signal modulation techniques will ensure faster and more accurate performance for ground vehicles on the connected battlespace.
NavHub-200M provides Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing (APNT) capabilities while improving overall resistance to existing and emerging threats to Global Positioning Systems (GPS), such as jamming and spoofing.
“With GPS-based Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) receivers set to become obsolete, it is critical that M-Code receiver technology is made available to ground forces around the world as quickly as possible so they can trust that the signals they receive in a fast-moving, hostile environment are accurate and actionable,” said Ryan Bunge, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “Our NavHub-200M provides an improved resistance to jamming and interference, as well as advanced security features to prevent unauthorized access or exploitation.”
NavHub-200M also includes the open interface standards and sensor fusion capabilities required for a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) upgrade path, such as that for Europe’s Galileo constellation, as well as interfacing with key vehicle sensors such as the inertial measurement unit (IMU) and odometer, among others.
Collins, a leader in APNT solutions for ground platforms, has delivered more than 10,000 navigation systems to military armed forced around the world.
Attendees at Eurosatory can learn more by visiting Collins Aerospace at booth number C523.
13 June 22. Marshall Land Systems has announced the launch of its industry-leading Next Generation CT Scanner at Eurosatory 2022.
The Marshall Next Generation CT (NGCT) Scanner, developed In partnership with Philips Healthcare, provides military medical organisations with a rapidly deployable full body scan capability, manufactured to handle the most demanding operational environments.
Building on 12 years’ experience providing Field Deployable CT Scanner Systems to armed forces around the world, the NGCT houses the latest and most advanced Philips Incisive CT technology inside Marshall’s award winning 20 foot ISO expanding container, to ensure humanitarian, defence and security forces have easy access to life saving capabilities wherever they are needed.
The launch comes shortly after Marshall Land Systems was awarded a 30-year framework contract with the French Defence Central Health Service or Service de Santé des Armées (SSA) for the development, production and support of a wide range of medical modules for use by its Defence Health Service.
This is further validation of Marshall’s industry leading position in deployable medical infrastructure and will enable the Cambridge-based company to bid for a wide range of opportunities for the duration of the agreement, focussing on design and production in the first ten years and support over the latter part of the contract.
Marshall Land Systems Business Development and Sales Director, Lee Doherty, comments: “We are delighted to have secured a framework agreement with a customer that we know well having supplied it with seven Field Deployable CT Scanners in recent years. The SSA is a very important customer for us, aligning with our strategy to grow our export business and build on the success that we have enjoyed in winning business with both the Dutch and Danish Armed Forces over recent years.
13 June 22. Bittium Showcases Advanced Products and Solutions for Next-Generation Tactical and Secure Communications at Eurosatory. Bittium Showcases Advanced Products and Solutions for Next-Generation Tactical and Secure Communications at Eurosatory.
Oulu, Finland, June 13, 2022 – Bittium showcases products and solutions for next generation tactical and secure communications at the defense and security event Eurosatory. The event will take place on June 13-17, 2022, in Paris, France.
The tactical communications product portfolio on exhibit at the event enables broadband IP-based data transfer and voice across the battlefield. For example, the Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ system and Bittium Tough SDR™ radios can be used to form modular tactical communications networks that are resilient and enable real-time situational awareness. The newest product on exhibit is Bittium Tough VoIP Field Phone™ 2, a next generation VoIP phone that enables reliable communications in the challenging and quickly changing conditions of the battlefield.
The products and solutions that enable secure communications include the ultra secure and rugged Bittium Tough Mobile™ 2 C smartphone and the related Bittium Secure Suite™ back-end system. The newest solution on exhibit is Bittium Tough Mobile 2 Tactical that enables secure and efficient mobile communications for soldiers. The solution combines the Tough Mobile 2 smartphone, Bittium Tough SDR Handheld radio or a third-party tactical radio, and the complete solution is complemented by software for secure communications and accessories designed for military use.
All the products are compatible with each other, are based on the latest software and device technologies, and offer diverse connectivity options also to third-party equipment and systems.
Products and solutions showcased at the event:
* Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) is a Software Defined Radio based wireless broadband network system intended for military and public safety use, which enables forming of MANET (mobile ad hoc network), link, and connection networks into one logical IP network quickly, no matter what the location is. Bittium TAC WIN is an excellent data transfer solution for example for weapon systems and unmanned vehicle platforms due to its mobility, low latency, and high bandwidth features.
* Bittium Tough SDR™ product family consists of Bittium Tough SDR Handheld™, tactical radio for dismounted soldiers, and Bittium Tough SDR Vehicular™, two-channel tactical radio for vehicle installations. The uniquely wide range of frequency bands in the next-generation tactical radios improves combat survivability, and using several waveforms, even simultaneously, improves compatibility and enables operations on different levels and missions.
* Bittium Tough Comnode™ fulfils the data transfer needs of mobile troops for example as a VoIP phone, IP router, and field wire repeater. Additionally, Bittium Tough Comnode enables also using legacy Combat Net Radios (CNR) as part of the IP-based tactical communication system (Radio over IP, RoIP).
* Bittium Tough VoIP Field Phone™ 2 is a next-generation VoIP phone, which, thanks to its features, accessories, and powering options, is the optimal solution for battlefield, vehicles, and command posts. Together with the distributed and survivable Bittium Tough VoIP Service™, calls between the Field Phone 2 users are enabled regardless of where and how the users have been connected to the network.
* Bittium Tough Mobile™ 2 C smartphone is the perfect solution for ultra secure mobile communications. The smartphone is a combination of unparalleled hardware- and software-based information security features as well as durability, and two completely separate and hardened operating systems; Confidential and Personal. Security policies and other parameters of the two operating systems can be modified with Bittium Secure Suite management software to answer different user needs. The supervised and secure supply chain ensure reliable and secure communication and handling of data.
* Bittium Tough Mobile™ 2 Tactical is a complete solution that enables soldier mobile communications. It is based on the secure and rugged Bittium Tough Mobile™ 2 smartphone that can be connected to Bittium Tough SDR Handheld™ radio or third-party tactical radios. The solution is compatible with different battle management systems, which enables real-time and efficient sharing of situational awareness in tactical networks. The solution is complemented by software for secure communications, and accessories designed for military use, including Bittium Tactical Power Pack™ and a rugged tactical case that enables easy use and mounting of the phone to soldier gear.
* Bittium Secure Suite™ device management and encryption software product enables efficient utilization of the information security features of the Tough Mobile smartphones as well as reliable mobile device management, remote attestation, and securing the network connections of the device. Together, Bittium Tough Mobile™ 2 C and Bittium Secure Suite form a smartphone solution that has received official Confidential level encryption product classification (NCSA-FI).
* Bittium Secure Call™ covers end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls, group calls, messages with attachments, group messaging, push-to-talk voice messages, and a feature that destroys messages after a predefined time. Bittium Secure Call communication application is available for Bittium’s secure smartphones, Android devices and Windows desktops. A user organization can easily integrate Bittium’s complete security solution into its own back-end system. This enables the organization to keep the devices and communications between them under its own control.
The products and solutions are showcased at Bittium’s stand Hall 6 / H300.
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.
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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.