DARPA’s PCAS Program Uses ATAK

Here’s an article from Raytheon’s use of ATAK on DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support program.

HE APP THAT SAVES LIVES: ANDROID TACTICAL ASSAULT KIT

 A tablet is only as effective as the program it runs. Raytheon BBN Technologies, one of the company’s advanced research centers, helped develop that program: ATAK, or Android Tactical Assault Kit.

Raytheon Cartoon from DARPA’s PCAS Program

ATAK allows soldiers to chat, share video, map points of interest and plan routes, sharing information in real time. And it runs on off-the-shelf Android tablets and smartphones.

“It started out as a dynamic, moving map, but now ATAK has become a full situational awareness app with a lot of features built in for specific users,” said Joe Loyall, a principal scientist at Raytheon BBN.

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