A private contractor came under insurgent fire last month while stationed at a base near Kabul, Afghanistan. Using only his iPhone and Tactical NAV, he was able to quickly relay the coordinates of his position to the International Security Assistance Force tactical operations center for help. An unmanned aerial vehicle was dispatched to his location and the insurgent attack was thwarted. Tactical NAV 2.0 assists troops in mapping, plotting and photographing waypoints on the battlefield and more.
Tactical NAV, a military-grade iPhone app created by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, a battalion fire support officer with the 101st Airborne Division, has successfully been used in combat to help destroy a Taliban fighting position in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province near the Pakistan border. Users can track their routes; accurately map, plot and save waypoints; email location info; co-ordinate systems; use night mode, photo stamping and compass lock with fast switch data.