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UK accepts digital mapping system for Afghanistan

21st March 2011 - 15:40 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


Apache and Tornado crews in Afghanistan are putting the bane of 'cockpit origami' behind them with a new electronic map.

Because of the nature of international operations in Afghanistan, crewmen on both types of aircraft have to carry a vast range of maps covering the country to be able to work with troops on the ground. This can mean that dozens of charts of varying different scales can end up littering the already cramped cockpit, a problem referred to as 'cockpit origami' by the UK Apache community. 

However, an end is in sight as units in Afghanistan are taking delivery

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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