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Oxley Developments has been contracted to supply aircraft navigation LED lights to defence and aerospace technology company EADS for its Atlante unmanned air vehicle (UAV) programme.

Oxley will supply a full suite of external lights for the Atlante aircraft, consisting of Oxley NVG Friendly wing-tip navigation, anti-collision and tail lights.

Under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), there is a requirement for all aircraft to have anti-collision and position lights.

Position lights consist of an Aviation Red light on the left side, an Aviation Green light on the right and an Aviation White tail light.

Atlante is a long-range tactical UAV used for reconnaissance, surveillance and target identification.

One ground control station can control four aircraft, which can operate 24 hours a day in any weather conditions and can take off and land on a runway or take off from a launcher and land using a parachute.

The aircraft is in production in Spain and the first test flights are due to take place towards the end of 2011.

Oxley’s LED technology is used in aircraft lighting for its high meantime-between-failure rate and low through-life costs.

LEDs are said to be reliable and rarely fail, making them a ‘fit-and-forget’ solution.

They are also lightweight and low profile, which are important factors particularly for UAVs.

The lighting suite has been designed, built and tested by Oxley at its headquarters in Priory Park, Ulverston.

Oxley Developments

Oxley is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of high-quality components and systems, primarily for defence, aerospace, electronics and telecommunications industries.

Our main business is in night-vision lighting systems, LED solutions, EMI filters and interconnect components. Robust, reliable and high in quality, we design our products with performance, specification and longevity in mind.

We are renowned for our innovative work in lighting and developed one of the earliest night-vision lighting systems when night-vision goggles (NVGs) were first adopted for use by the UK Ministry of Defence. The company has since become a world leader in the supply of night-vision lighting for military aircraft, vehicles, shelters and naval platforms.

With more than four decades' experience, Oxley is highly regarded in the development of LED solutions to replace traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting. From miniature LED components to integrated lighting systems, Oxley is the supplier of choice for both off-the-shelf and customised solutions.

Oxley is equally renowned for its electronic components business. Specialist products such as EMI filters and interconnection are all produced at our unique, high-tech facilities to bespoke and off-the-shelf requirements.

Established since 1942, the company has facilities in the UK and US, which include optical coating, machining, plating, manufacture and test facilities.

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