Soldiers in Afghanistan using £19 iPhone app to kill Taliban fighters

Soldiers in Afghanistan are using a £19 iPhone “app” created from computer game technology to kill Taliban fighters.

BulletFlight helps sharpshooters work out how the wind and the rotation of the Earth will affect their bullet – and even predicts the wounds the enemy will suffer if it hits him. Snipers are using the ballistics program downloaded on to their iPhones to target the enemy over long distances.

Allied forces already use adapted Xbox 360 video game controllers to pilot robotic vehicles.

They are also making cheap supercomputers using chips from PS3 consoles to develop new kinds of radar. And British experts at BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and the Williams Formula 1 motor racing team are working on a joint project using computer games consoles to test new gadgets.

Stuart McDougall of BAE, which is developing 3D graphics technology from the PS2 to power the next wave of military engineering designs, said: “Historically the military have invested in developing technology to meet their specific requirements.

“This technology has then filtered down to everyone else.

“But, increasingly, modern consumer gadgets are so powerful and so highly competitive that they’re often ahead of the game – and much cheaper to buy in and adapt.” Anyone can download BulletFlight, which was developed from games software for military use. It costs £2.49 for a basic version or £18.78 for the full program.

It is one of dozens of iPod Touch and iPhone “apps” – or software applications – endorsed by the US military for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, including maps, survival books and tactics guides.