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Tactical NAV iPhone app used to help destroy Taliban fighting position
APPMODO ^ | Apr 2, 2011 at 2:02 am

Posted on 04/02/2011 11:25:34 AM PDT by Pan_Yan

Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Tactical NAV, a military-grade iPhone app created by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, a battalion fire support officer with the 101st Airborne Division, has successfully been used in combat to help destroy a Taliban fighting position in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province near the Pakistan border.

As troops were patrolling along a main supply route leading to a U.S. base, soldiers in the convoy came under heavy machine-gun fire from an enemy fighting position nearby. While troops were in contact, a call for fire was initiated by the forward observer on the ground, and Tactical NAV was used to help direct 120-mm mortar rounds onto the Taliban fighting position. After the mortar rounds were observed impacting safely onto the Taliban’s position, all enemy contact ceased. No U.S. troops were wounded during the attack, and the mounted patrol was able to return to base following the completion of their mission.

“This is exactly why I created Tactical NAV,” said Springer, who is still deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne. “I set out to create an inexpensive and accurate tool for the Warfighter engaged in the fight, and I’m happy to report that it works as described.”

(Excerpt) Read more at appmodo.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; iphone; tech

1 posted on 04/02/2011 11:25:38 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Yeah, there's an app for that...

2 posted on 04/02/2011 11:32:11 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

LOL!


3 posted on 04/02/2011 11:36:56 AM PDT by andyk (Wealth != Income)
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To: Pan_Yan
That is the only TO DO BUSINESS!

Our poor grunts are loaded down with equipment that weighs too much and can not use common batteries. Plus, the support structure that is “required” to support this boxes burns up dollars and manpower slots for little operational gain.

Besides, with today's advanced cellular phones/minicomputers it is now possible for almost every Officer and NCO to have this capability instead of only one or two. Think about the step level improvement that will make.

4 posted on 04/02/2011 11:46:29 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: dirtboy

War app - a lighter brighter way to fight...


5 posted on 04/02/2011 11:58:36 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: Swordmaker

You’re the Apple guy, right? This might interest you.


6 posted on 04/02/2011 12:57:34 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

“Reach out...reach out and touch someone...”


7 posted on 04/02/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Swordmaker; martin_fierro

Thanks Pan_Yan.

In before the “these have been available since 1901 on non-Apple products” crowd arrives. At least I hope so, I didn’t have the heart to check.


8 posted on 04/02/2011 1:06:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; neverdem; ShadowAce; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; ...
After the mortar rounds were observed impacting safely onto the Taliban's position...
LOLOLOLOL!!!
9 posted on 04/02/2011 1:10:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ve played with this app a bit. It could be darned effective in the right hands.


10 posted on 04/02/2011 1:16:37 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker
I’ve played with this app a bit. It could be darned effective in the right hands.

How does it work?

11 posted on 04/02/2011 1:19:30 PM PDT by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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To: Lurker
Will this work for Gazorching?


12 posted on 04/02/2011 1:23:38 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ll say that the app will be available for android in 6 months and the android device will cost half as much as the apple, and will do everything the apple will do, and more, and will work almost as often as the apple, almost as well.


13 posted on 04/02/2011 1:28:24 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: Publius6961

I haven’t gone all the way into yet but it’s a GPS, standard map, satellite overhead view, compass, and some of the capabilities of a transit all rolled into one app.

It converts Lat/Lon into the MGRS with just a tap on the screen. To get the accurate location of an enemy position just center it on the screen, drop a pin on it, and you get the MGRS location. Mighty handy if you want to drop some dam-dam on some bad guys.

It has built in Earth and Space weather apps, too.

It’s pretty slick, actually.


14 posted on 04/02/2011 1:32:44 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: truthfreedom
I’ll say that the app will be available for android in 6 months and the android device will cost half as much as the apple, and will do everything the apple will do, and more, and will work almost as often as the apple, almost as well.

Not only that, it will be used for PsychOps to distribute Taliban Porn! HaHaHa. Take that Jobs you puritan!


15 posted on 04/02/2011 1:38:24 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Pan_Yan; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; 50mm; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; ...
iPhone military use—PING!

Please, No Flame Wars, Discuss technical issues, software, and hardware.
Don't attack people!

Don't respond to the Anti-Apple Thread Trolls!
 PLEASE IGNORE THEM!!!

 


Apple and iPhone military use Ping!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

16 posted on 04/02/2011 3:52:24 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Thanks for the heads up. . . List pinged! I reported in December about a pilot program to issue iPhones to soldiers for app use in the field and communication both there and at base for recalls.


18 posted on 04/02/2011 4:06:55 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The definition of “impacting safely” varies radically depending on where you’re sitting at the time.


19 posted on 04/02/2011 5:10:04 PM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: Pan_Yan

Curious,
Cell towers? Network?


20 posted on 04/03/2011 5:10:39 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: ReignOfError

:’) Definitely. It’s clear that the writer of that one has a sense of humor.


21 posted on 04/03/2011 8:03:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: dirtboy

lol! Nice.


22 posted on 04/03/2011 8:19:46 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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