Three military trends – staying one step ahead of criminals and terrorists: Page 2 of 2

December 07, 2017 // By Graham Mackrell, Harmonic Drive UK
The nature of the threat posed by terrorism and criminal organisations is changing. In recent years, military forces, border agencies, airports and transport police have had to rapidly develop new ways of thwarting those with malicious intentions.


Gathering intelligence on a moving threat can make all the difference for military personnel and their ability to stop it. Adding a camera into the radio frequency radar system allows the surveillance unit to deliver enhanced visual identification and tracking.

Combined with intelligent software and precision engineering, the radar setup can automatically position and track the target many kilometres away, providing an early-warning notification.


Precise actuation

Whether it's a pan and tilt antenna being used in the sub-zero conditions of the Arctic or a remote-controlled weapon station mounted on an armoured personnel carrier in the heat of the desert, being able to operate precisely in extreme conditions is a must.

These conditions are driving precision engineering companies, such as Harmonic Drive UK, to develop motion control components that can allow precise movements in even the harshest conditions.

For example, Harmonic Drive UK's AlopexDrive® is an actuator designed with a transmission accuracy between 0.5–2.0 arcminutes, a torque output between 9–647 Nm and a temperature range of -46 to +63°C. These characteristics make the actuator perfectly suited for military and defence applications in any environment.

The methods used by criminals and terrorists are changing and authorities need to adapt. Making use of the latest technological advancements is one way of doing this.

The author, Graham Mackrell is the managing director of military gear specialist Harmonic Drive UK.

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