December 09, 2011 13:30
The Defense Ministry is looking into ways to use smartphones on the battlefield starting as early as 2013. The military presently limits smartphones for personal use due to their vulnerability to hacking and eavesdropping.
A government official said the ministry has commissioned a civilian company to develop six smartphone apps for military use on the battlefield, which are to be tested by March next year. If the apps get the green light, the ministry plans to put them to use starting in 2013.
The U.S. military used smartphones on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. One app called "Bullet Flight" is used by snipers to calculate the distance, wind speed, temperature, humidity and other variables involving a target, while another, called "One Force Tracker," provides combat situation reports to soldiers on the field.
But some Korean officers are against using smartphones on the battlefield. They fear the devices are not secure enough against hacking or electronic eavesdropping, so sensitive military information could be stolen through computer viruses. However, the military believes it can deal with such concerns using the latest homegrown technology.
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