Tactical NAV: MGRS Navigation

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About this app

Created on a combat deployment to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Tactical NAV was the first MGRS-focused navigation app available on all app stores.


Built from the ground up in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, Tactical NAV was created by a U.S. Army Field Artillery officer with the vision of crafting a low-cost and highly accurate mobile navigation platform tailored for the U.S. military.

Tactical NAV's journey began in the Pech River Valley and the Korengal Valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, a Fire Support Officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), embarked on the development of this tactical navigation 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.

Despite initial rejections by the Department of Defense, Captain Springer remained steadfast in his mission to continue developing Tactical NAV — even to this day. His ultimate goals were (and still are) to make a positive difference for other soldiers and service members and to honor the men and women killed and wounded in battle.

He used his life savings to fund and develop Tactical NAV, all with the ultimate hope of saving military lives and assisting fellow service members in accomplishing their missions at home and abroad.

Tactical NAV officially launched on the App Store and Google Play on February 14, 2011.


Tactical NAV's performance accurately matches that of the AN/PSN-13 Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR).


Empower military service members with a highly accurate and powerful mobile navigation platform.


Assist and support our nation's service members with their mobile navigational needs and enable them to operate and win in both training and combat environments.


Tactical NAV has successfully undergone evaluation against other software platforms and devices such as Nett Warrior, ATAK, and BFT. Its accuracy is within 1 meter of these officially approved systems issued by the DoD.


Tactical NAV offers in-app purchases (IAPs) and subscriptions. Currently, tactical drawing mode is available as an in-app purchase, and offline mapping mode is also accessible to users as either a monthly or yearly subscription.

All revenue generated from these features contributes to further developmental coding and updates, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to charities that specifically benefit disabled veterans.


• A military-quality precision targeting platform
• Purpose-built for the individual Soldier
• Offline mapping capabilities (complete usage of the app with no emission of a cellular signal)
• WGS-84 standard (MGRS, UTM, BNG, and USNG coordinates)
• Tactical drawing mode (useful for mission planning, building overlays, targeting, etc.)
• Waypoint plotting functionality with military graphics (per FM 1-02.2)
• Compass "FastLock" function for capturing quick and precise azimuths
• Snap and save photographs onto the main map to increase situational awareness
• Location, waypoint, and photo-sharing capabilities (via email and text)
• One-button night mode function for low-light situations
• 'Go to Grid' feature for precision planning, drawing of overlays, and dropping waypoints
• Rigorously tested to ensure utmost accuracy and reliability
• Android native code built for austere and contested environments


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


Learn more about offline maps and other features through our YouTube tutorial. Follow this link to view the video walkthrough: https://bit.ly/Offline-Maps


If you have any questions about the app, please contact Jonathan Springer directly at jon@tacticalnav.com.
Updated on
Apr 12, 2024

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Ratings and reviews

100 reviews
Art Buzzcraft
March 8, 2024
I use Tactical Nav for general recreational hiking, and prefer this app because of its UTM grid support. It's responsive and, combined with my bluetooth receiver, very accurate. My main gripes are: When I use the degrees option with the map measurement tool to project a waypoint, I have to stop and do mental math (if going westerly) to subtract from 360. Would like the degrees to directly follow a compass rose. Second, it would be nice if other maps could be used (open maps, mapforge). Thanks!
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TacNav Systems
March 17, 2024
Hi Art, I’m updating my response to thank you for identifying the bug with the measurement tool displaying degrees westerly, likely introduced with the landscape mode update. I’m fixing it right now. Your feedback is invaluable to me and my dev team, and I appreciate your patience and support. Take care, and I hope you have a great weekend! - Jon
Justin Porter
November 20, 2022
Bought this app (the old version) a few years back. When i went to Fort Irwin, i was planning to use it to navigate around the box; this was basically impossible. HOWEVER, the new and improved app (this version) is one of the best i have ever seen or used! Many updates, new features, and a revamped UI. Additionally, the developer is extremely responsive and customer oriented. Definitely recommend this app!
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TacNav Systems
November 22, 2022
Hi Justin, I greatly appreciate you leaving such a fantastic review for Tactical NAV. If you previously bought the older version of the app, please contact me via email at jon@tacticalnav.com, and I'll take care of you. Also, stand by for many more updates to come to TACNAV very soon. Thanks again, and I truly appreciate all your support. - Jon
Mason Dodge
September 18, 2023
Bought the old version in 2021 before I went to basic training. Obviously, I couldn't use my phone then, but it sure helped in AIT and at my current duty station as well as the camping trips I've been on. Im looking forward to the new version with all the updates and extras. From what I've seen so far in the short time of using the new version, it has a lot of potential for me. Especially the drawing aspect. This will be a game changer!!! Keep up the good work!!!
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TacNav Systems
September 20, 2023
Hey Mason, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your fantastic review, my friend! Also, sorry for my delayed dev response, but I’ve been busy coding in future updates for TACNAV; I hope you understand. I want to reiterate that your use of the app, awesome review, and feedback mean the world to me. I truly appreciate you. Take care! - Jon

What's new

• Various bug fixes and app improvements.
• Stability enhancements for a smoother experience.
• Backend preparation for upcoming new features.
• Continued development for future updates.