Vienna, Virginia based C² Technologies announced that it has developed and delivered an iPhone Application to help train U.S. Army Patriot Missile crews. The Patriot Missile Defense System helps defend against advanced threats, including aircraft, missiles and UAVs by shooting them out of the sky.
Based on a 3D Video game platform, and Part of the Army’s Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications (CSDA) program, the C² Patriot Missile mobile app incorporates video of actual Patriot Missile crews in action as well as 3D animation and illustrations.
“Mobile apps on handheld devices allow the soldier to train any time, any place, and can provide access to critical information in the field,” said Dolly Oberoi, C²’s founder and Chief Executive Officer. “They leverage the ability to train outside the traditional classroom, improve training effectiveness, and can greatly reduce resources required.”
The U.S. Army selected C² to develop a series mobile apps for training Patriot missile crews in late September 2010. Using a “develop once, use twice” technical approach, C² developed mobile apps that can be used on laptops and desktop computers as well as iPhones. The Patriot Missile training App is the first segment in a series of seven iPhone mobile applications the company is developing for the U.S. Army.
As part of the project, C² says it is also producing complementary Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) training lessons designed for use in a classroom with an instructor.
The training covers positioning and readying the Patriot Missile system to launch and fire, and includes a mobile app and associated classroom training for each of the following seven areas:
• Launch Station march order and emplacement
• Radar march order and emplacement
• Engagement Control Station march order and emplacement
• Antenna Mast Group march order and emplacement
• Electrical Power Plant march order and emplacement
• Missile reload
• Radar maintenance
According to Raytheon, the defense contractor that manufactures the systems, the Patriot is the air and missile defense system of choice for 12 nations around the globe, including the U.S. and five NATO nations. The growing list of partners includes the U.S., Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Taiwan, Greece, Spain, Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
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