Monday 19 November 2018
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Corporal Tech

Reporting for duty.

The army has always utilised and developed any technology they can get their hands on as far as the entertainment industry is aware. With shows like Criminal Minds and Bull portraying the high-tech parts of the military with weaponized drones that deploy bombs. How much of the army is heavily dependent on technology?

The main elements of the Army can be divided into three sub-categories:

Gathering information; any information they find out about the enemy’s actions, and intentions, has always been crucial to the outcome of a mission

Attack; although the Army has many important roles, their essential mission is to be able to attack and defeat a strong enemy when required.

Defence; associated with the ability to attack an enemy is the ability to defend theirs and the UK interests e.g. civilians, key natural resources, trade routes, the territory of our allies, or the territory of the United Kingdom itself) from an enemy’s attack.

For each of these sub-categories, there is a range of technology that has been specifically modified to cater to that group e.g.

  • To help determine enemy intentions, including the location of the attack,
  • surveillance of enemy movement,
  • recognition and identification of enemy forces

As it so happens, the US army is getting tiny personal surveillance drones as part of a $2.6 million contract with a thermal imaging and technology company named Flir. “The Black Hornet Reconnaissance System is the world’s smallest combat approved Nano – drone,” according to Flir. The Army has ordered the next-generation Black Hornet 3. It weighs 32 grams and packs navigation capabilities for use in areas outside of GPS coverage.

By using drone technology for surveillance instead of humans, the army is able to save a lot of manpower for the very important missions. As well as cutting down the risk of human malfunctions such as sickness and death that could occur whilst on the mission, they are also decreasing the time taken to complete missions – making them a lot more efficient.