U.S. Army's '17-pound GPS unit'

A test run of the tech-focused Land Warrior system in Iraq has soldiers complaining that they're carrying a lot of extra weight for what they actually get.

Gerry J. Gilmore

The budget ax has not been kind to the U.S. Army's long-running, tech-focused Land Warrior system, but last year backers did manage to get a small test deployment into the field in Iraq with one infantry battalion. Soldiers involved in the test have had some good things to say about the system, which among other things is built to deliver real-time location information via digital maps in helmet-mounted eyepieces. But they also say many features go unused, or don't always work as they're intended to, and that just means a lot of useless extra weight to carry. Upgrades are on the way, backers say.

Read more at Military.com: "Land Warrior Needs Work, Soldiers Say"

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Jonathan Skillings is managing editor of CNET News, based in the Boston bureau. He's been with CNET since 2000, after a decade in tech journalism at the IDG News Service, PC Week, and an AS/400 magazine. He's also been a soldier and a schoolteacher, and will always be a die-hard fan of jazz, the brassier the better.


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