Empowering US Operations Around the Globe
ACT – Empowering US Operations around the Globe
America’s role as the world’s largest military and leading superpower brings U.S. troops to remote locations in all corners of the globe. Aside from active combat situations, U.S. military personnel play a fundamental role in humanitarian interventions and disaster relief. Still more troops are stationed at bases for strategic or historical purposes.
The diversity of environments in which the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard must operate requires equipment that is rugged and reliable. In this article, we look at some of the various regions with an active U.S. military presence and the specific considerations that go into designing effective military field power supply modules.
Europe and the Americas
The U.S. has a significant military presence throughout Europe and North and South America. While the U.S. is not involved in any active conflicts in these regions, it maintains bases and has personnel on the ground in almost every country. In Germany, for example, a network of 179 bases is home to more than 37,000 troops.
Military activity in Europe and the Americas has ranged from studying the changing environmental conditions in the Arctic Sea to providing humanitarian relief work in Haiti following 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. Military fielded power supplies in these regions must be highly durable and capable of continued operation in extreme temperatures and other environmental conditions.
Asia and Oceania
Nearly 50,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Japan, while Australia, Singapore and South Korea all host active bases. Key priorities in these regions include keeping an eye on tensions in the South China Sea, monitoring the ongoing situation in North Korea and responding to natural disasters such as 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
Shipboard power systems in these regions must be compliant with MIL-STD-1399 standards. They must also be capable of standing up to extreme humidity levels, shocks and vibrations, and other demanding conditions.
Africa and the Middle East
Geopolitical concerns in Africa and the Middle East include civil wars in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, insurgencies by ISIS in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria, violence in Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. A strong U.S. military presence is attempting to bring stability to these regions — in the Middle East alone, more than 35,000 troops are currently stationed across 20 countries.
Military power supply applications in these regions must be reliable in locations ranging from the mountains of Pakistan to the arid Sahel of East Africa. Resistance to dust exposure, tolerances for high temperatures, and the ability to survive vibrations due to rugged terrains are essential in a power supply.
ACT manufactures global power supply solutions for all regions with a U.S. military presence. We provide rugged, highly reliable products that are keeping onboard electronics operational in ships, aircraft, and ground vehicles around the world. Find out what we can do for you by contacting a representative today.