Hi-tech maps aid battle plans

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Army chiefs yesterday disclosed how frontline warfare is being revolutionised by the ability to produce detailed maps directly on the battlefield. Satellite photographs, digital information and visual observations are put together to give accurate guides to the terrain.

The Military Survey, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, is now creating these maps for the United Nations in Bosnia. Computer technology advances are also allowing commanders and pilots to "fly through" 3-Dimensional maps before entering battle so that they can view hidden ground and concealed positions.