9Land Sol­dier spad – small enough for the chal­lenge


For many years the mar­ket has had a need for a por­ta­ble equiv­a­lent to a bat­tle­field man­age­ment sys­tem (BMS) for use by in­di­vid­ual sol­diers. But up to now the size and weight have made this im­pos­si­ble. De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab is now of­fer­ing a so­lu­tion.

“The prob­lem has al­ways been that sol­diers can­not be given greater loads than those they al­ready carry with­out be­com­ing even heav­ier, slower and clum­sier. If some­thing ex­tra is added, then some­thing else must be taken away. It’s as sim­ple as that,” says Jo­han Tofte, who is Prod­uct Man­ager for the 9Land Sol­dier sPad.

The 9Land Sol­dier sPad is a hand-held com­puter which has been de­vel­oped in re­sponse to this pre­cise prob­lem. Start­ing specif­i­cally from the sol­dier, a light­weight sys­tem has been de­vel­oped with a hand-held unit that weighs just 185 grams, less than half that of com­peti­tors’ equiv­a­lents. The sys­tem has also been de­signed to be flex­i­ble and easy to use, even in stress­ful sit­u­a­tions.

The 9Land Sol­dier sPad has a 3.7-inch touch­screen de­signed to be us­able with one hand. The screen is pres­sure-sen­si­tive and can there­fore be op­er­ated with gloves, and its il­lu­mi­na­tion level adapts au­to­mat­i­cally to pre­vail­ing con­di­tions.

“Know­ing where you your­self are, where other mem­bers of the group are and be­ing able to tell each other about the en­emy’s po­si­tion can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death,” says Jo­han Tofte.

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