Tactical NAV by TacNav Systems LLC (iPhone)
Released: Feb 14, 2011
Version: 3.8.9
Size: 38 MB
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Tactical NAV

TacNav Systems LLC
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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 and JTAC with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), who was on his third combat deployment, began developing the tactical platform 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 helping his fellow service members accomplish their mission at home and abroad.

Tactical NAV officially launched on the App Store in February of 2011.


Tactical NAV’s mission is to provide U.S. military warfighters a low-cost, extremely accurate, and exceedingly powerful mobile tactical navigational solution.


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.


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.


Purpose-built by warfighters and created to save U.S. military lives, Tactical NAV was the first MGRS-focused military 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, Nett Warrior, and ATAK. Its accuracy is within 1 to 3 meters of these "officially approved" systems issued by the Department of Defense.


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.


• 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!!!


The Department of Defense does not endorse Tactical NAV, nor should it be used in combat situations in place of a government-issued device.

What's new in version 3.8.9
Thank you for supporting Tactical NAV, everyone. Here's what's new in this version (3.8.9):

• Landscape mode (Phase I: complete -> Phase II: ongoing)
• Further front and backend coding to finalize landscape capabilities throughout the entire platform
• Gridline refinements
• Stability improvements
• And much, much more!


• Landscape mode completion (Phase II + III: 100%)
• Google Maps integration
• Additional sharing capabilities
• iPad and Apple Watch support
• Troop tracking (real-time user tracking)


Dear Friends and Users,

I hope you and your family are well, and please know how much I appreciate your support.

This update, version 3.8.9, is our most significant update yet. It includes many feature upgrades and introduces "Phase I" of landscape mode. I hope you all like it and find it useful in the field.

Furthermore, we are now finalizing all landscape functionality and coding (Phase II + III). So if you find any bugs or issues with this current version, please email or message me directly and include feedback so I can rapidly address the complexities in the code.

Also, many more updates will be coming to Tactical NAV soon (features I haven't mentioned), so please stand by while we get all of these features coded into the app and do Q&A testing before publicly releasing these updates.

Bottom line, if you ever need anything at all or have questions or issues, please email me directly at jonathan@tacticalnav.com.

Again, thanks for all the support, everyone. God bless you, and take care!

- Jon
Our verdict: Good
  • + Tactical NAV is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + Tactical NAV is currently ranked #18 in paid Navigation apps for iPhone, as well as #39 in paid Navigation apps for iPad.
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