Guns, grenades, iPads for soldiers

2011-06-27 19:40

Singapore - New recruits to Singapore's military, air force and navy are to get a new standard-issue item of equipment besides their rifle - the iPad.

The defence ministry said on Monday it will be issuing "about 8 000" of the sleek, touch-screen tablet computers - already wildly popular with the city-state's tech-savvy youth - to recruits from November.

The ministry said it was also planning to issue the devices to other servicemen next year. The cheapest iPad2 device currently retails in Singapore for $538.

Defence chief Neo Kian Hong said adopting the iPad would allow the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to take advantage of the technological abilities of the city-state's youth.

"By exploiting the use of popular and current information and communications technology, we are able to harness our advantage of today's technologically savvy servicemen," the Straits Times newspaper quoted him as saying.

Troops can use the iPad's built-in camera to take photos and video clips in the field which can be uploaded to the SAF's online platform, LEARNet.

Soldiers can use these photos and videos to carry out post-mission assessments, the newspaper said.

Soldiers can send questions to their commanders through a live messaging system and group chat discussions can be held, it added.

The SAF said it was working with private contractors to design apps - micro-programs tailor-made for mobile devices with a wide range of functions - for servicemen.

Singapore maintains a conscript-based military and its armed forces are among the best-equipped in Asia.

Every able-bodied male citizen and permanent resident aged 18 and above must undergo two years of military training.

  • Justin.D.Glenn - 2011-06-27 20:11

    Imagine if that was the SANDF, they would either stolen or sold on the 1st day. - 2011-06-28 08:07

      And a corruption investigation to follow afterwards...LOL

  • boogy - 2011-06-28 07:41


      psebetlela - 2011-06-28 10:23

      they are perfect hypocrites, they only look out for thmselvs and critisize the 1st chance they get and eventually this will catch up with thm bcoz ds country will neva be ruled by white pple. the more they make ds obsurd remarks the more they irritate most of us black pple n whn dt tym cums, there won't any nt a racist but its one thing critisizin a system and another critisizin cos its a black person doin it and you actualy decorate it.Malema ds Malema dt, Malema's goin nowhere, lyk myself n many of us, he's irritated abt things dt are takin 4eva 2b tackled when black pple hv suffered al dt long.he's takin de bull by de horns.fact dt 99% of pple complainin is white,doesn't mean blacks are stupid, it only means you white jst don't lyk de idea of black pple being above you.

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-06-28 11:44

      Notice how neither of the comments above made any mention of black people. Have you considered the fact that when people mention 'stealing' or 'corruption' or anything like that, you automatically associate black people with those terms? Why is that do you think?

      Theo - 2011-06-28 18:07

      keeping the country going in spite of everything!

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-06-28 07:57

    Never though I will live to see the day were the Army prefers pads over guns

  • TheRealist - 2011-06-28 08:21

    I'd believe any enemy would laugh themselves senseless seeing the troops of the opposing force taking pictures and videos with their iPad, seriously...

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