February 19, 2008

The 17 Pound Military GPS

The Land Warrior program is an effort to develop advance information systems that can be used by infantry personnel on the line and in combat. Among other things, the unit offers a GPS as well as realtime maps of targets with indicators of friendly troops and messaging systems that allow communication between troops in short message real-time format. The unfortunate thing is that many of the features go unused, and the thing weighs 17 pounds, which on top of the other equipment that they carry, has to be a tough burden. Maybe that's why a lot of troops are buying their own handhelds before deploying.

"It's like a 17-pound GPS unit," said a Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, the first Army unit to ever deploy to a war zone using Land Warrior. "We don't use half the things it's supposed to be able to do."

[From Military.com]

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Posted by Scott Martin at February 19, 2008 6:36 AM

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