Removing the line of fire – wireless range control

Shield International
Firing range control and management
Industry / Vertical:
Homeland Security
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For 25 years, UK based Shield International has designed and manufactured target and training systems for the military and security sector. These products demand high technical specification, consistent performance and reliability which derive from the application of the latest micro-processor and digital control technologies.

The Shield Target System is a modular, easy to deploy system which can be quickly set up for Close Quarter Battle type shoots for a 25metre range or up to a 1,000 metre gallery.

Such setups use a single twisted pair cable, providing individual, continually up-dated results. With longer distance shoots it became clear that a cable free alternative would optimise the system, but would need to be robust enough to survive rough handling and fast breakdown and build.

To enhance flexibility and reduce the costs of installing targets and controllers on ranges, Shield International opted to use a radio controlled command and communication system. The Shield Transceiver Radio Controller (TRC) needed to be the most versatile, bi-directional radio control system available, capable of controlling up to a hundred target units in groups of ten. The controller’s memory would store a hundred individual shoots or be used to program the targets to respond to a variety of auxiliary sensors and to hits on the target.


Shield International needed a low cost wireless system able to operate instantly at range and be rugged enough to endure all conditions. To achieve this, the company turned to wireless specialists Wood & Douglas, which deployed its SX500 radio transceivers to solve the challenge.

The SX500 is a low-risk, compact, cost effective and resilient data transceiver. With 100mW RF output, the SX500 has the necessary power to cut through crowded radio telemetry bands to deliver communication for short to medium-range applications, extending up to 2kms or more, ideal for communicating with targets located up to 1,000 metres away at the end of a gallery range.

As well as controlling the target programmes the transceiver helps provide feedback from the targets directly to the TRC. This means trainers have complete ability to control and monitor a live range, with status updates on: total number of active targets; individual target numbers; radio channels; group addresses; battery status of targets; position; and loaded programmes. Targets can also be safely programmed remotely to interact with each other so that a shooter’s engaging of one target will cause or inhibit reactions from other targets. The TRC can also initiate pyrotechnics, retaliatory fire, or release of screening smoke as required during a live shoot to test reactions of shooters and deliver a closer ‘real world’ fire fight experience within the range.

  • Live target range monitoring and control
  • Simple, rugged, fast and cost effective


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