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Handheld GPS computers for Indian Army

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The Indian Army is planning to provide handheld multi-role computers to soldiers to enable them to pinpoint their field locations in difficult-terrain tactical warfare and for counter-insurgency operations.

The device, named Situational Awareness and Tactical Handheld Information (Sathi) is in the final stage for user trials. Soon it would be introduced after certain modifications in the device. Indian Army has already provided about 90 Sathis to the army in Jammu & Kashmir to conduct trails borderline and in-depth counter- insurgency areas in March 2005. India is the first country to use Linux based portable computers in the battlefield and the first to use open sourced operating system to power it.

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