London: In order to equip its troops with tools based on new age technology, the US Army is developing new mobile applications for its troops who are engaged in war with Taliban in Afghanistan.

The US Army is reportedly developing its own App Store with the hope of creating tools to make its soldiers more efficient when they are at war.

More than 30 apps have already been built for the Army Marketplace, which troops can use with computers, iPhones and Google Android cell phones, the media reported.

According to the report, the apps currently available focus on training and new recruits can download the simple training programme application instead of buying thousands of pages of technical manuals.

There are diet and exercise plans to help soldiers keep in shape and not fall behind with their training.

It is hoped that the marketplace will soon offer programmes which will go much further -- allowing the soldiers to track the location of other forces, create battle maps and translate foreign languages while on the ground at war.

Gregory Motes, chief of the Army’s new Mobile Applications Branch, said he hoped the market place would keep developing as soldiers report back with problems and ideas for how the technology can really help them.

“It’s much more than just an app store,” he was quoted as saying. “It’s actually a place where apps can become officially certified and also where ideas can be generated, purchased, and contracted out.”

“Imagine if an outside company could write a great app, unsolicited, and we had a way for these programmes to be posted and downloaded on the storefront,” he said.

The Army will, however, have to overcome huge security risks before apps offering tracking on the ground can be posted.

A programme which allows troops to see the location of friendly forces could potentially be hacked by enemies, with disastrous consequences.

Motes said: “Right now our biggest problem is that none of the new phones are that secure.”

“If your bank app is compromised, you've lost some money and maybe the bank can replace it. If our systems are compromised then genuine lives could be put in danger,” he said.

“As we move this into the tactical space, we will be looking for phones that are more rugged, lighter, and have better battery life. We are looking for a device that has added security protection so that if the phone gets lost, the data isn't compromised,” he added.

(Agencies)