Mortar computers. restricted or can anyone have one?

#1
I thought I'd asked this before but I can't find it now. Anyway there is still a mortar computer for sale on ebay. Aren't these restricted?

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I didn't put this in the ebay thread because it seemed a bit more important.

 
#2
Don't know about the legalities of selling them, but this brings back memories of my first job which was programming these. They are just a HP scientific calculator with some custom EEPROMs in the back. The actual ROMs contain some clever algorithms to work out trajectory which were based on classified mortar test fire data but I don't think you could gain any useful information from just the computer itself.
 
#3
InetUID said:
Don't know about the legalities of selling them, but this brings back memories of my first job which was programming these. They are just a HP scientific calculator with some custom EEPROMs in the back. The actual ROMs contain some clever algorithms to work out trajectory which were based on classified mortar test fire data but I don't think you could gain any useful information from just the computer itself.
Thanks. I was thinking that one of the TaliBrummies might buy it for his mortar section mates in Talibanistan. We can do without making their job any easier.
 
#4
Mate,

When I was attached to 1st Bn Coldm Gds I was forever away with their Mortar Plt.

They were forever trying to blow $hit up with bombs and tubes but never quite got it right, I would worry about the flash calculator as if the best of the best could'nt make it work I dont think any other bugger would.

"Up and at 'em"
 
#6
I wouldn't worry too much about it STAB.

SIB watch ebay anyway, so I'm sure if there was a big problem, they would pick it up.

Secondly, the data will only be useful if the user is has British kit with British ammo, and a number of other factors are taken into consideration.

Third, like so many other things involving IT, AFDC & FACE and the like were a ruggedised solution from the 70's and 80's. There are off-the-shelf solutions that make this sort of thing obsolete, which are freely available.
 

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