Fort Bragg, NC (PRWEB) March 12, 2014
A mobile application is being used by military pilots in Europe for close air support training.
The mobile application is called Tactical NAV and was created by a U.S. Army captain who used his own money and experience as a battalion fire support officer in the 101st Airborne Division to build the software.
Known as CAS, close air support uses military aircraft in an attack against enemy ground forces that are in close proximity to friendly forces. The use of CAS during wartime can be a strategic military tactic that can greatly impact the outcome of ground warfare.
“During flying, we are using the app to find the intended target using the satellite map and the given grid location," said Reginald, a pilot whose last name is being withheld for security purposes. “After getting the target description and plotting it with the app, we will attack the target in conjunction with ground based artillery.”
The pilot, who has more than two decades of flying experience, spent more than 15 years piloting the F-16 in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. He now flies the L-39 Albatros and uses Tactical NAV HD during CAS training exercises with joint terminal attack controllers.
The application is a tangible resource that provides real-life results in an ever-changing technological world.
“Since day one, I always believed that smartphones and tablets could be utilized by the military for operational purposes," said Capt. Jonathan Springer, who is serving with the Army back in the United States. “I saw mobile devices as a combat multiplier that could potentially assist service members during combat operations and in turn, possibly save their lives.”
“Why not use what is at our fingertips to operate more efficiently?” said Springer. “The potential for saving lives using something as cost-efficient as Tactical NAV just makes sense.”
Tactical NAV and Tactical NAV HD are currently available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The app assists military service members and first responders with mapping, plotting and sharing waypoints and location information, along with building overlays and synchronizing assets with other users on the battlefield.