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iPads now helping Marines communicate, mark targets in battle

By Published: September 17, 2011

Last year the Marine Corps’ 3rd Aircraft Wing purchased 32 iPads in an effort to increase efficiency and gain an advance in aerial warfare. Now, iPads are being used in Afghanistan and save about 15 minutes of communication time during close-air missions, according to an article by DefenseNews.

A Cobra pilot Capt. Jim Carlson with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-369 came up with the idea to use his personal tablet after becoming frustrated with the communication system, the article said. He discovered the tablet could be digitally connected to troops on the ground and all maps could be uploaded to the tabled and manipulated.

To ensure pilots would have the right maps that detailed the area the troops were fighting in, AH-1W Cobras, UH-1Y Hueys, AV-8B Harriers and KC-130J Harvest Hawks typically carried about 60 to 80 pounds of maps , the article said.

Now, ground and air can simply confirm they are fingering the same building on their tablet and fire said Lt. Col. Matthew Mowery, commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-267, according to the article.

Read more on iPads helping Marine pilots by Defense News.

Sgt. Andrew W. Morey looks up grid coordinates on an Apple iPad during a troop in contact mission supporting Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Afghanistan, July 16.
RASHAUN X. JAMES/COURTESY U.S. MARINE CORPS

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