BACKGROUND: Built from the ground up in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, Tactical NAV comes from the mind of a U.S. Army Field Artillery officer who had a vision of creating a low-cost and extremely accurate mobile-targeting platform built specifically for U.S. military warfighters. Tactical NAV’s journey began when two Soldiers were killed in the notorious Pech River Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, a Fire Support Officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) who was on his third combat deployment, began developing the tactical platform immediately following the memorial services for Spc. Blair D. Thompson and Spc. Jared C. Plunk, who were killed in action on June 25, 2010. After pitching the idea and being turned away by the Department of Defense, Springer remained resolute in his mission to continue building Tactical NAV in order to make a difference for other Soldiers and honor the men who were killed in battle. He ended up using his life savings to continue moving forward with the Tactical NAV project, all with the ultimate hope of saving U.S. military lives and to help his fellow service members accomplish their mission at home and abroad. Tactical NAV officially launched on the App Store in February of 2011. MISSION: Tactical NAV’s mission is to provide U.S. military warfighters a low-cost, extremely accurate, and exceedingly powerful mobile tactical navigational solution. VISION: Our vision is to assist and support our nation’s warfighters with their mobile navigational needs and further enable them to fight and win in the Multi-Domain Operational (MDO) battlespace. BUILT FOR ACCURACY: Tactical NAV's performance is on par with the AN/PSN 13 Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR), and the application has been used to accurately and safely deliver conventional and precision-guided munitions (PGM) onto enemy targets in support of combat operations. BOTTOM LINE: Purpose-built by warfighters and created to save U.S. military lives, Tactical NAV was the first MGRS-focused tactical app on the App Store and has proven to be effective in combat and training environments. Tactical NAV has been successfully evaluated against other targeting devices and software platforms such as JCR, BFT, JBC-P, and ATAK. Its accuracy is within 1 to 3 meters of these "officially approved" systems that are issued by the Department of Defense. FEATURES: • A military-quality precision targeting platform • Purpose-built for the individual warfighter • Offline mapping capabilities (full usage of the TACNAV platform with no emission of a cellular signal) • WGS 84 standard (MGRS, UTM, BNG, and USNG coordinates) • Tactical drawing mode (useful for Joint Fires planning, creating overlays, route planning) • Waypoint plotting functionality with military graphics (per ADP 1-02) • Compass “FastLock” function for capturing quick azimuths • Snap and save photographs onto the main map for intelligence purposes and AARs • Location, waypoint, and photo sharing capabilities (via email and text) • One-button night mode function for low-light situations • "Go to Grid" option for smart pinpoint planning and drawing of overlays • Created and tested in combat to ensure utmost accuracy and reliability • iOS native code built for austere and contested environments • And so much more!!! IMPORTANT NOTES: The Department of Defense does not endorse Tactical NAV, nor should it be used in combat situations in place of a government-issued device. IAPs & SUBSCRIPTIONS: Tactical NAV contains in-app purchases (IAPs) and subscriptions. Currently, tactical drawing mode is available as an in-app purchase, and offline mapping is also available to users as either a monthly or yearly subscription. All revenue generated from these features goes towards further developmental coding and updates, and a portion of all proceeds are donated to charities that specifically benefit disabled veterans.
Just downloaded the app and have been playing around on it. Everything seems to load up pretty quick and the features are all very intuitive and easy to use. I can already tell I’m gonna be a big fan of the compass feature and the other things on that part of the app. I also immediately bought the offline version and am very excited to get it out on some trails. The only thing I’m curious about is on your website it says that you’re planning to add a troop track function into the app, when are you planning on adding that in? I know it will be extremely useful. Thanks for what seems to be a great app I’m really looking forward to resting it out more!
Great app update, Jonathan. I’m loving the constant improvements and upgrades to the app. Looking forward to seeing what’s next! ~ Steven
The app constantly crashes and once the app crashes any locations saved are lost. If you’re trying to essentially made a digital overlay to battle track, this app will shutdown at some point and you will lose your work!
Seems legit at first. Then you realize that you have to pay an additional $7 to drop waypoints, draw operational graphics, or save you own maps.
It’s such amazing app but with my apple iPad pro the app screen border doesn’t match the ipad screen border please fix this issue ASAP
This app has continued to exceed any standards by far excellent and accurate the newest updates for offline maps Feature will be huge ! I use this app everywhere I go and have not had a single issue when it comes to recommendations becoming reality , the all around quality of this app is phenomenal compared to every other app there is no comparison to this one. Update this app still continues to change the way the ao looks no matter where your at in the world !! Also have not received my Tac Nav shirt order yet in a long time ??
I downloaded MilGPS before this one and have been using it for awhile now. I like that it has offline maps without creating extra cost. I would have paid $12 to have the offline included which is the most important part. When reading through the info before purchase I did not see where it listed that as an additional cost. That would have been nice to know before purchase. The graphics for this app are great quality and the icon list is nice. It has the same flaw as MilGPS in that the border of the countries are way off. Since my team works the borders and we are not allowed to cross, this app doesn’t help in that capacity. I’ll have to refer to the other app for offline patrols and this app as backup for planning on the fly. Will keep digging into the app to see the comparisons and which one will benefit my team more out on patrols. For the last 5 months everyone have been using other apps successfully. I’m doing a trial run to see if we want to switch over since this one has better graphics and point selections than most.
I’m fairly certain when I got this app I paid $9 for it and could download maps to my phone. Now that I’ve returned home from deployment I can no longer use this app for what I assumed was a main feature and main reason why I paid for it in the first place, offline maps. Without paying for the offline subscription this app is useless and I’m no longer getting my $9 worth. It’s getting deleted.
Buyer beware, offline maps are $8/month or $25/year. “Tactical Drawing Mode” is also an additional $7. Nothing more fun than buying an app specifically for offline maps to see a subscription service waiting for you.
Its kind of a ATAC copy, but with less features. normal features like measuring or drawing on the map each cost what you pay for the app. Basically the base app doesn't do anything Google maps doesn't do.