Moving Map Display Provides Touchscreen Navigation Information
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — KVH Industries Inc. has introduced the TACNAV [Tactical Navigation] Moving Map Display (MMD), offering real-time moving map technology for military vehicles, the company announced in a Sept. 12 release.
The TACNAV MMD provides an easy-to-read, easy-to-use graphical navigation capability by combining available internal or external GPS/GNSS [Global Positioning System/Global Navigation Satellite System] with TACNAV’s inertial or compass-guided navigation solution.
Soldiers who once relied on grid reference alone now have the benefit of viewing a visual map on a 10-inch diagonal, high bright color display viewable in all lighting conditions. They can create, store, and activate waypoints and routes from the touchscreen, which helps increase situational awareness.
The TACNAV MMD displays position, heading, speed, cross track error, distance and bearing to waypoint. Vehicle location and other pertinent navigation information is shown on either a satellite or topographic map stored locally on the TACNAV MMD. The information can be displayed to the vehicle commander, driver, and other occupants as required. The TACNAV MMD is capable of presenting navigation information in multiple languages, enhancing joint multinational operations.
“The display was designed for ease of use with a touchscreen that provides intuitive operation, which is a major strength on the battlefield,” says Dan Conway, executive vice president of KVH’s inertial navigation group. “Anything that increases a soldier’s situational awareness will help to keep that Soldier safe. The moving map display enhances the capabilities of our widely fielded TACNAV systems, which have been helping to keep soldiers out of harm’s way for years.”
The TACNAV MMD is compatible with existing TACNAV systems including the TACNAV Light/GPS and the TACNAV 3D, and will be compatible with future TACNAV systems. KVH’s TACNAV product line is currently in use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as well as many allied militaries.