Readying Patriot missiles for launch? There's an iPhone app for that, too

Apple iPhones continue on the path to ubiquity: They can now be found in the hands of missile crews .

Pressing the keys on the mobile device won’t actually launch a missile, but it will start a 3D application to teach the Army's Patriot Missile crews about positioning and readying the Patriot system in order to launch and fire, writes Jeff Clabaugh of the Washington Business Journal.

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The application also includes video of crews in action, animations and illustrations.

C2 Technologies of Vienna, Va. developed the new application as part of the Army’s Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications program, according to United Press International. It was developed using the Unity 3D game development platform and is the first segment in a series of seven iPhone applications that will be developed for the Army crews. C2 is also creating classroom training lessons for instructors.

Why train crews on the iPhone?

"Mobile apps on handheld devices allow the soldier to train any time, any place, and can provide access to critical information in the field,” C2’s CEO Dolly Oberoi told the Washington Business Journal.

Mobile applications also leverage the ability to train outside the traditional classroom, improve training effectiveness and reducing required resources, she said to UPI.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Mar 2, 2011 Jay A

Sounds like a breach of national security all by itself. Can't wait for it to fall into "wrong hands" BRILLIANT!

Wed, Feb 23, 2011 Edmond Hennessy United States

Unable to comment on the effectiveness of iPhone in the referenced app, however our client - Heartwood - a specialist in 3-D immersive/simulation platforms - launched an iPAD app for the Patriot Missile Radar project - focusing on repair and maintenance training. This internet-enabled, app is redefining the rules for this class of traiing application. It is clear that this class of portable media devices - will find their way into many compelling Defense & Military and Homeland Security apps. Bravo Apple!

Wed, Feb 23, 2011

Looking forward to the Android version. Real Men Use Android: Special Forces Favor Google Phone

Wed, Feb 23, 2011

I can only imagine a couple of untoward outcomes for this technology:

Troops in the field stop learning procedures and, instead, come to rely on the app. Then, when they actually need to engage the enemy, their battery is down or the phone has been hacked, lost or broken.

Bad guys get their hands on the app and find weaknesses in weapon system or use the information to refine targeting packages.

Bad guys hack the server where the training manuals are stored and introduce subtle, but catastrophic errors into the procedures that prevent the weapon from performing.

Other than that, sounds great.

Wed, Feb 23, 2011

sounds like Angry Birds 2.0 to me :)

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