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GPS misguiding soldiers in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Polish troops fighting the Taliban were given GPS equipment that told them they were in Africa or in a small town in Poland rather than Afghanistan.

The equipment, according to one high-ranking Polish officer quoted in the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, caused some units of Poland’s 2,600-strong contingent in Afghanistan ‘to simply lose their way.’

Problems with the antenna of the GPS handsets apparently caused the devices to show random information.

The equipment is also alleged, sometimes, to take 15 minutes to respond to a request, and is said to have a battery life of just two hours.

Source: Telegraph