UK Troops Use iPads to Train for Fire Missions

UK Troops Use iPads to Train for Fire Missions

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UK troops are using a special iPad app to learn how to handle a fire mission in which artillery is being fired at the enemy from several miles away, according to BBC News.

The Royal School of Artillery in Wiltshire has found that troops learn the jargon and procedures more quickly than when taught by instructors.

Lance Bombardier Jason Markham from 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery explained to Newsbeat how it works.

"I'd be at the HQ - the troops on the ground would call me for fire support and they'd give me the target location and a description of the target. If we can use this sort of technology, we can probably shorten the amount of training and that is pretty key nowadays when people are so committed to operations in Afghanistan. We'd use all of that information to come up with a solution. This has been designed to let us practice, so that when we get out there into theatre we're a lot slicker."

Major Rich Gill, an army training officer involved in rolling out the app said,

"If we can use this sort of technology, we can probably shorten the amount of training and that is pretty key nowadays when people are so committed to operations in Afghanistan. There's so much they need to do before they go there and when they come back. If we can use this to reduce the amount of training it'll be fantastic."

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UK Troops Use iPads to Train for Fire Missions

commandogunner - July 31, 2010 at 4:33am
they arent jailbroken the app was made for them especially i am also in the artillery and will have a copy of it next week so will let you know how it goes...
brandycmc - July 31, 2010 at 4:39am
Yeah - Be interesting to hear if it\'s a Web App then. Because if not, then they either have a way of bypassing iTunes to install an App (which I wasn\'t aware was possible), or the App should be available on iTunes to everyone! :)
commandogunner - July 31, 2010 at 4:50am
i think they may have it on the devlopers licence as you can share it amongst 100 work people for evaluation and not release it to itunes
brandycmc - July 31, 2010 at 4:20am
Is this App available on iTunes... i.e. can other forces or erm... \'groups\' download it too? And if not, how do they install the App? Jailbreak? I suppose it could feasibly be a Web App.
Steve - July 31, 2010 at 2:40am
It\'s called \'Angry Birds HD\'
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