The Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK, also known as the Android Team Awareness Kit) is a profoundly useful software collaboration and communication situational awareness application that runs on an Android mobile operating system on a smartphone or a tablet.
ATAK is an affordable, easy-to-use, secure, mobile, interactive geospatial tool that connects multiple people on the go, giving them a common operational picture digitally in an intuitive way. Users can add their own custom functionality and employ multiple types of communication systems simultaneously. It is the only app that provides dozens of capabilities and robust information-sharing in a mobile format on a commercial off-the-shelf handheld cell phone.
Originally created for the military, ATAK currently has 40,000 Department of Defense (DoD) users (Air Force, Army, Special Operations, National Guard, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security); 32,000 nonfederal users; and 69 licensees. The app is licensed only to U.S. companies that meet stringent legal requirements of which DS2 is one of these companies. ATAK has an extensible plugin architecture that allows for enhanced capabilities for specific mission sets. Some of the capabilities include:
- Map Rendering/Imagery Support
- Tactical Chat
- SADL/Link-16 Support
- Jumpmaster Tools (HALO/HAHO)
- Route Planning and Navigation Tools
- Tactical Survey Tools
- Range and Bearing
- Radio Controls include Wave
Relay, TrellisWare, Harris SA
Mode (simple on/off), Most Rover
VDL (SIR, TRE, Rover 6, etc)