I created this for the military service member first and foremost. I want each and every soldier and service member to have access to the same tools that commanders have access to.
Fort Bragg, N.C. (PRWEB) November 24, 2013
Tactical NAV HD, a battle-tested app originally created for military personnel, is now available for the iPad. The app assists military service members and first responders in mapping, plotting, photographing waypoints, building and drawing overlays, and sharing information with other users on the battlefield and back at home. The app has even been used to call for artillery and mortar fire against insurgent forces during combat.
"We are extremely proud to announce Tactical NAV HD for the iPad," said Jonathan J. Springer, app creator and active-duty U.S. Army soldier.
Springer, who is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., originally created the app during a combat deployment with the 101st Airborne Division while they were deployed to the Pech Valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. It gained worldwide attention after a free-lance journalist witnessed him using Tactical NAV to call for artillery fire during an enemy attack on base. The app was successfully used to neutralize the insurgent threat.
"What we've done with Tactical NAV HD is create something that has never been done before on the iPad. Once you use it, you'll see what we're doing here. There's no other application on the App Store that does what TACNAV HD does," said Springer.
Some of the features that Tactical NAV HD offers include live map annotations, drawing and distance tools, actual U.S. military graphics and symbols for plotting units and formations, photo and video saving tools, MMS and Facebook sharing features, and an extensive list of other features.
Alan Corbett, lead engineer for Tactical NAV HD, really enjoyed working on this project.
"Once again, we push Apple's hardware to it's limits. We have over 500 hours and 50,000 lines of code in Tactical NAV HD, compiled for both 32 and 64-bit iPads alike. Wait until you see the drawing and distance functions. We think you're going to love what we've created for you ... and we're just getting started," said Corbett in an interview.
Springer reiterated Corbett's comments and promised users would experience a military grade application never before seen on the iPad.
"After spending more than 24 months in Iraq and 12 months in Afghanistan, I was fortunate enough to be able to use some of the best equipment available to conduct combat operations in support of my country. Tactical NAV HD is a combination of many of those tools and systems, and I'm proud to offer it to users everywhere," said Springer.