New funding revealed for Armed Forces app software development

The defence secretary has announced new funding that will be used to develop application software for the Armed Forces and allow them to have the state-of-the-art technology they need for extreme environments.

Gavin Williamson said the £30 million will allow defence specialists to create and tailor apps in order to meet the requirements of operational commanders, which can then be deployed on military networks in just a few days.

The Platform for Rapid Exploitation of Digital Applications (PREDA) is similar to technology already being used by the United States Air Force and US Marine Corps, both of which have seen advantages from having modern applications and decision-support software where they are needed immediately.

It means troops on the ground can have software to visualise and automate secure, critical information specifically tailored to their missions, wherever they are in the world.

Mr Williamson commented: "By deploying this technology into the hands of our military, from sailors serving in the Caribbean, to pilots working in the Middle East, we will ensure we have a fighting force fit for the future, equipped with state-of-the-art technology at their fingertips."

It is expected the technology will be available for use in operations by the end of the year.

The news comes after £66 million in funding was also recently announced for military robotics projects.

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