Snipers in Afghanistan Use iPhone to Kill Taliban

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Snipers in Afghanistan Use iPhone to Kill Taliban

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Think smartphones are just a fad? You might want to consult with military snipers in Afghanistan who use a $19 iPhone app to help their bullets hit home.

When you think about it, sniping is actually a hell of a lot more complicated than it is in, say, Team Fortress 2, where it's essentially "point crosshairs and shoot." In real life, there are tons of factors that can affect where exactly your bullet ends up once it leaves the barrel of the gun: ballistics, wind velocity - even something like the rotation of the Earth itself. That's part of the reason that military sharpshooters get special training, of course... but to make it even easier on snipers currently at work battling terrorists in Afghanistan, there's an iPhone app for that sort of thing.

BulletFlight, a program for the iPod Touch and iPhone, helps work out the ballistics of any given shot, taking into account the wind and rotation of the Earth - and even predicting the wounds that the target will suffer if the bullet finds its mark. Though given the power of most modern sniper rifles, I'd be very surprised if the program didn't just default to "acute case of death."

The program was reportedly developed from videogame software and repurposed for practical use, which is a departure from the "traditional" idea of technological advancement: The military invents something, and it finds its way down to public use. "But, increasingly, modern consumer gadgets are so powerful and so highly competitive that they're often ahead of the game - and much cheaper to buy in and adapt," said Stuart McDougall of BAE, who is working on "3D graphics technology from the PS2" to help advance upcoming military engineering. (They do know that we're now on the PS Triple, right?)

BulletFlight, is one of many apps officially endorsed by the US military for use in Iraq and Afghanistan - others include "maps, survival books and tactics guides." It does make one wonder, though ... this sounds like an incredibly convenient program to have, and I can understand why snipers and sharpshooters would want to take advantage of it. But if it's so useful, why wouldn't the military just requisition a portable stripped-down device that's built to just run this program instead of requiring all their sharpshooters to buy iPhones? Eh, politics.

BulletFlight can be downloaded by anybody for just $19, though if you aren't actually in the military be prepared to get some very strange looks. And please stay out of line of sight of me at all times.

(Via The Mirror)

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Thats odd, I'm pretty sure the US military actually has a thing that does that a lot better.
Cost cutting I suppose.

This is pretty old news isn't it Funk?

Still cool though, Apple is helping in the war on terror. What do you think of THAT Microsoft? Eh?

Very interesting, I'm waiting for them to make an App so you can call in airstrikes on a location.

"The program was reportedly developed from videogame software".

Here we go.

Killing the Taliban- there's an app for that!

Sounds like this BulletFlight's something right out of a videogame. I imagine it'll be very useful for the army, so long as a significant number of them end up using it.

Sevre90210:
This is pretty old news isn't it Funk?

Still cool though, Apple is helping in the war on terror. What do you think of THAT Microsoft? Eh?

I dunno if it's for real, but one of the "Join The Army" adverts over here features a guy flying a UAV. WITH AN XBOX 360 CONTROLLER

wordsmith:

Sevre90210:
This is pretty old news isn't it Funk?

Still cool though, Apple is helping in the war on terror. What do you think of THAT Microsoft? Eh?

I dunno if it's for real, but one of the "Join The Army" adverts over here features a guy flying a UAV. WITH AN XBOX 360 CONTROLLER

I've seen that! It's propaganda to the max. Alright Microsoft is helping this war. But it hasn't got a kill count as high as Apple.

Sharpshooters also play Bejeweled 2 while they are waiting for their targets to pop their heads out.

Sniping's a good job, mate. It's challenging work, out-of-doors... and I guarantee you'll not go hungry, 'cause at the end of the day, as long as there are two people left on the planet, someone is going to want someone dead.

wordsmith:

Sevre90210:
This is pretty old news isn't it Funk?

Still cool though, Apple is helping in the war on terror. What do you think of THAT Microsoft? Eh?

I dunno if it's for real, but one of the "Join The Army" adverts over here features a guy flying a UAV. WITH AN XBOX 360 CONTROLLER

I'm fairly sure they actually do use 360 controllers to fly the UAVs.

The slathering mob of Apple fanbois outnumber the US military. If Steve Jobs tells the US military to buy his iPhone, then they will buy his iPhone lest they suffer a fate too terrible to even imagine.

What ISN'T there an App for?

Sevre90210:
This is pretty old news isn't it Funk?

Still cool though, Apple is helping in the war on terror. What do you think of THAT Microsoft? Eh?

Third party developers that apple originally tried to get rid of are fighting in the war on terror and apple is stealing all their glory.

Um, the weapon in the picture isn't a sniper rifle. Just saying. Oh, and it looks like a toy.

The_Oracle:
Killing the Taliban- there's an app for that!

Dammit! You beat me to it.

I was thinking this is a great idea, the iPhone definitely has the power for this, and the accelerometer would be quite helpful for determining angle of shot.

And Funk, I loved the stab at military tech. "A departure from: military develops tech and modifies it for public use." Genius.

MurderousToaster:
What ISN'T there an App for?

I've yet to find one that tells me what women are thinking. PLease, oh please let there be one....

OT: I find this absolutly baffling. I hadn't heard so this ios news to me, a iPhone app thats actually useful to the MILITARY? damn....

Sounds awesome, but it kind I can already imagine it being used by a phsycopath sniper on the mainland.

Go figure, I remember watching a show on Snipers about a week or so ago, and they were using a Windows Mobile phone for this kind of thing.

well... Apple did say theres an App for just about everything... :P

Sevre90210:
This is pretty old news isn't it Funk?

Still cool though, Apple is helping in the war on terror. What do you think of THAT Microsoft? Eh?

Microsoft is too busy making weapons for the soviet.

Damn this is pretty cool, though I agree that if the Iphone can do that with just one App why don't they just invent a much smaller gadget specifically designed to do that?

I'm surprised that there wasn't already a military device for this precise purpose. Whatever gets the job done though.

justcallmeslow:
I'm surprised that there wasn't already a military device for this precise purpose. Whatever gets the job done though.

http://www.impactguns.com/store/66000-1SYS.html
There's been one for years. Downside is that it's made by Barret so it's 10 times as expensive as it would have been if it was made by anybody else.

Asehujiko:

justcallmeslow:
I'm surprised that there wasn't already a military device for this precise purpose. Whatever gets the job done though.

http://www.impactguns.com/store/66000-1SYS.html
There's been one for years. Downside is that it's made by Barret so it's 10 times as expensive as it would have been if it was made by anybody else.

Ah, cost-cutting. Is there any better way to supply armies?

is that iphone clipped onto the side rail? if so, thats awesome.

This is not really that new.

There is a rifle system out there that is sold as I stated, a system. The rifle is a military precision weapon in it's own right designed for ranges of about 3KM or more, could be the tac-50, but what really makes it stand out is the incorporated spotter system. This system is designed to do all the maths for the sniper, taking into account all the details needed to place the bullet into a target every time.

This apt is just the same thing, but now available for any weapon and at a fraction of the cost.

generic gamer:
is that iphone clipped onto the side rail? if so, thats awesome.

It is, isn't it?

The iphone has an app for everything doesn't it?

I woke up my dog laughing when I read "BulletFlight" and I suddenly imagined a commercial for that sort of thing.

"Hey kids, do you like shooting up your local middle-eastern?"

"yeeeeah!"

"But do you miss several times causing the gore factor to go down?"

"yeeeeeah"

"well then get the new app, Bulletflight!"

"It's so coooooool!"

Sevre90210:
This is pretty old news isn't it Funk?

Still cool though, Apple is helping in the war on terror. What do you think of THAT Microsoft? Eh?

Keep in mind that I doubt it's too much trouble for any interested snipers on the side of said terror to obtain an iphone and this app as well.

Pyromaniac1337:
Um, the weapon in the picture isn't a sniper rifle. Just saying. Oh, and it looks like a toy.

It is actually, not to be rude or anything but its an SR-25 or the M1101 SASS

The_Oracle:
Killing the Taliban- there's an app for that!

I KNEW IT!

Thank you! I knew someone would say that!

Does this mean Iphones are now standard issue among the military? Apple would be rolling in it.

"You want to make sure your high power sniper rifle can hit its target without fear of wind speed, velocity, and the rotation of the Earth? There's an app for that."

The_root_of_all_evil:
Sniping's a good job, mate. It's challenging work, out-of-doors... and I guarantee you'll not go hungry, 'cause at the end of the day, as long as there are two people left on the planet, someone is going to want someone dead.

Feelings?! Look, mate, you know who has a lot of feelings? Blokes that bludgeon their wife to death with a golf trophy. Professionals have standards: Be polite. Be efficient. Have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

You sir win one internets. But this just proves that the App Store has an App for just about anything.

well they aint lieing...theirs an app for everything, soon there will be an app to help you decide which movie to watch lol

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