Android Team Awareness Kit or ATAK / CivTAK

Android Team Awareness Kit – ATAK-civ or CivTAK

The Team Awareness Kit (TAK), for civilian uses, or Tactical Assault Kit (also TAK) for military uses is a suite of software that provides geospatial information and allows user collaboration over geography. There are numerous TAK Products in the TAK family, all developed at government expense

The Team Awareness Kit for Android (ATAK, also known as CivTAK) was originally developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and is now maintained by a Joint Product Center.

ATAK (including CivTAK) is an Android smartphone geospatial infrastructure and situational awareness app. It allows for precision targeting, surrounding land formation intelligence, situational awareness, navigation, and data sharing.

All the Android variants of TAK are virtually identical and all are interoperable with each other and with other TAK products. There are small, military-specific additions in military versions of ATAK.


Industry/civilian capabilities of ATAK/CivTAK include:

  • Online and offline mapping (most standard formats), with a blazing fast rendering engine
  • Support for very high-resolution imagery (sub 1 cm resolution)
  • Collaborative mapping, including points, drawings, locations of interest
  • Extensive and customizable set of Icons
  • Overlay Manager which allows the Import and display of KML, KMZ, GPX overlays and maps, including online sources
  • Location marking, sharing, history
  • Chat, file sharing, photo sharing, video sharing, streaming
  • Navigation-walking/hiking, driving, also useful flying and air-ground coordination
  • Elevation Tools, heat maps, computed contour maps, viewsheds, routes w/DTED, SRTM, including dynamic profiling
  • Hashtags and Sticky tags
  • Center on Self, Center on other objects (e.g. another person in the network)
  • Range, bearing, and other measurement tools
  • Network-aware geofences with triggers
  • “Bloodhound” destination tracking, including on moving objects
  • Team Emergency Beacons
  • Customizable Toolbar
  • Radio controls and Integration
  • Photo to map capability (aka Rubber Sheeting)
  • Casualty evacuation tool
  • Icon support for a wide variety of First Responder missions with further extensible Icons
  • 3D perspective and ability to display 3D geospatial models
  • Useful for First Responders, Hunting, fishing, ornithology, wildlife site survey
  • An API with an SDK