SAF latest weapon: Apple iPad !

singapore army ipad

About 8,000 tablet devices such as iPads will soon be issued to servicemen to sharpen their fighting skills, the Ministry of Defence said.
From November, recruits doing Basic Military Training (BMT) will be armed with one more ‘weapon’ – a handheld touchscreen device such as an iPad – to sharpen their fighting skills.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, the Defence Ministry said the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) plans to issue about 8,000 sets, including to every recruit in the BMT Centre and those in other institutes such as the Officer Cadet School and the Specialist Cadet School, as well as to servicemen in the air force and naval training schools.

Out in the field, the troops can use the in-built camera in the handheld sets to take photos and videos, tag them and make notes during training.
These photos and video clips will be uploaded and archived on the SAF’s online platform, LEARNet, so troops can use them to carry out post-mortems.
Questions can be directed to their commanders through a live messaging system. Discussions will be held in the chat system.The armed forces already announced they are working on specialized apps with several singapore iphone developers.

My views

Singapore is definitely not the first in introducing the iPad , countries like the United States  has implemented the use of iPad in

Marine Corp aviators by replacing their paper-based navigation system with one driven by the iPad , WOW.

It is also seen in the British where is it used to train the artillery team for deployment in Afghanistan.

The App industry is really large , more and more applications would be needed to cater to the different needs in different industries!

Perhaps using four-square to check out for enemies attendance? Satellite imaging of bunker positions?

there’s definitely alot of people believing in how it’s a waste of our money (taxpayers) , but i strongly believe that the weapon is only as good as the user !

Why iPad for use in Singapore Army would be a success?

  • Portable Device
  • User friendly
  • Powerful Operating System iOS
  • Ability to use in-built features such as Location , Gyroscope , 3G connection
  • Need no custom made a separate device just for military (use of commercial devices)


anyway we can check it out when it is officially released to the Recruits in November !


Questions are raised such as will be be brought to outfield training?

I doubt so , since factors such as if it is waterproof , drop-resistance and ability to take extreme surface level heats



tell us what your views and what you think in the comments below , would it be successful?

About: Alson Toh

Alson has been a iPhone Developer since Oct 2010 and felt that there is not enough light shinning on the Singapore Developers , thus he has created to feature apps programmed by the local talent in Singapore. For more enquiries ,

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  • Andrew Kerr

    Goodie – does this mean they will make nice water-proof. shock-proof cases for us ?

    • alsontoh

      reminds me of the otterbox ! maybe they will get a customized camouflage one!

  • Anonymous

    use otter case. problem solved but of course, SAF pay for them. i hope. damn, when am i going to MR???

    • alsontoh

      yeah man ! Otterbox cases is super strong , but looks too big for normal commercial usage!