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The T703 Tracking Device was a handheld terminal used by UNSC troops in the field to locate preset objectives, with greater accuracy than bandwith based HUD displays.
The T703 Tracking Device, also known as the T703 Range Finder, was a small, man portable terminal that stored the locations of objectives and targets in an internal database so that it needed no broadcast. The device was extremely simple, and rather cheap. It featured only the handle, low grade electronic pacakges, and the monitor. The monitor displayed the range to the obejctvie, type of objective, and a tactical map that also displayed range--but this time taking into account the actual distance the soldier would have to move, darting around roads and obstacles.
The T703 was deployed in limited numbers later in the Human Covenant War. It entered broad usage around 2550, and by 2522, was a semi-standard squad operating device. However, it saw precious little combat of notable nature, and it received mixed reviews by UNSC forces on the ground. Its most highly known use was during the Second Battle of Earth, where the ODST squad who acquired the location of the Master Chief used it to locate a laser designator. It also saw some usage during other battles to locate covenant encampments and arms bases when jamming made linking to HUD sattelites impossible, though it was phased out soon after the Second Battle of Earth.
"It can be useful, under certain conditions, but I'd rather use a HUD most of the time."
"Its a bit to big I think. Fine for a few moments, but if your just holding it up, it gets annoying."
"Its good that it can lock onto targets, give a tacmap of the area, and show actual distance you have to move, but its a bit to complicated for its job."