Smartphone technology continues to have benefits for many people across the world in various situations, and now the U.S. military could be the next to embrace smartphone technology with software that will enable a soldier to find their enemies in the surrounding area.
Golnar Motevalli from Reuters.com is reporting that the company behind the Patriot missile system — Raytheon — is developing the software for a device using Google’s Android operating system. It could eventually be able to get aerial images from an unmanned aircraft or satellite.
Mark Bigham vice president for defense and civil mission solutions at Raytheon said “We’re trying to take advantage of smartphone technology to tailor for what soldiers may need in the field.” Handsets made by HTC and Motorola have had the software added to them.
Members of the U.S. Special forces have advised and tested the software and could become customers, with the Indian military also interested. Raytheon would also be responsible for the communications system and encryption software for the application to work in areas where no network signal is available.
Another feature will allow soldiers to interact so they can track each other’s movements and help identify enemies. Forces will also be able to track the phone using GPS.