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Corps aviators in Afghanistan are using Apple iPads to
access maps and other data to ensure precision strikes
on the enemy. The 1.33 pound electronic tablets can
carry up to 500 charts that would traditionally weigh up
to 40 pounds (photo right). The iPads can be configured
for use with multiple aircraft, including AH-1W and
UH-1Y helicopters, AV-8B Harriers and the Harvest Hawk
equipped KC-130J. Captain Jim "Hottie" Carlson, an AH-1W
Cobra pilot, is credited with coming up with the idea.
US Army's Virtual Simulation Training
Photos provided courtesy of Intelligent Decisions, Inc.
U.S. Army will soon be fielding the first-ever, full virtual
simulation training program for US Soldiers, according
to Intelligent Decisions, Inc. The new Dismounted
Soldier Training System will enable US Army Soldiers to
train in a virtual environment while at the same
time reducing traditional training expenses. The
Dismounted Soldier Training System uses CryENGINE
technology to provide photorealistic graphics and
technology that will enable soldiers to virtually interact
with their physical environment and to use combat
equipment such as weapons, scopes and munitions.
The system will allow Soldiers to use complex
motion maneuvers, such as using arm and hand signals to
communicate with others linked into the system. The
cutting-edge graphics provide a high degree of detail,
including footprints, disturbed soil and grass, rolling
terrain, dense vegetation, precipitation, light
scattering, wind and storm effects. And a 360 degree
sound system provides dynamic sounds, including battle
noise and munitions impacts that Soldiers can
use to determine such parameters as types, locations and
CryENGINE screen captures provided courtesy of
RealTime Immersive, Inc.
A decade of war in this high-tech age has
resulted in weapons systems that have made
American troops more proficient and lethal
than ever. More...
US Navy's New Toy: Helicopter Drones
The U.S. Navy apparently REALLY likes
Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout helicopter
drone. The Wall Street Journal reports the
Navy is planning to acquire 168 of the
remote-controlled drones at a cost of $2.6
billion. Already, the US Navy is using Fire
Scouts for drug-interdiction missions and
other surveillance. Last year, a Fire Scout
with the USS McInerney monitored a "go-fast"
drug boat as it met up with a "fishing"
vessel for refueling. The drone surveillance
led to the seizure of approximately 60 kilos
of cocaine and the drug traffickers dumping
another 200 kilos overboard. The autonomous
aircraft has a top speed of 125 knots and a
ceiling of 20,000 feet, and can stay aloft
for at least eight hours. More photos: