Army Tactical Assault Kit Always Adapting for New Era

October 28, 2020
By George I. Seffers

Unmanned systems, virtual reality and wearables all need data.

The U.S. Army’s infinitely adaptable situational awareness tool created a decade ago continues to find new uses thanks to artificial intelligence, wearable computers, virtual reality, unmanned systems and other cutting-edge technologies... read more here.

ATAK-CIV is now available on Google Play here.

ATAK Standard SDK is now available for download here.
The contains SDK APK, the JAR file you compile against, the plugin template and the "getting started" docs provided with the Standard SDK.

TAK-TICS is now available for all TITLE-10 users with TAKmaps accounts. Learn more here.

ATAK-CIV (Civil Use) APK is now available.
Download here.

ATAK-CIV is the least restricted version of TAK and is made available to support virtually any individual or organization with a requirement to display Position Location Information (PLI). ATAK-CIV is subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which advises this item is classified as EAR99 (CJ0001904 & CJ0002108-CJ0002135). ATAK-CIV is not authorized for release to an embargoed or sanctioned country, to a party of concern, or in support of a prohibited end use.

What is VTAK?

Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) is a geospatial mapping engine, originally developed for the Android Operating System, which allows for precision targeting, surrounding land formation intelligence, situational awareness, navigation, and data sharing. TAK serves as a common user interface for basic position location information yet provides a basis for hosting various user enabling tools for an enhanced user experience. TAK can function as a standalone situational awareness tool or incorporated through various tactical and commercial networks.

TAK is under continuous development as a Program of Record by the US Special Operation Command and partner Government laboratories to include the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  TAK enables users to navigate using GPS associated with National Geospatial Agency or Commercial map data overlayed with real-time situational awareness of ongoing events and representing the surrounding area using military standard MIL-STD-2525B symbology for iconography or other user defined standards while incorporating the Cursor on Target data format standard for communication and data dissemination.