MGRS, UTM and BNG Grids

map.army supports the commonly used coordinate grids MGRS, UTM, BGN and WGS84 for mission planning.

Overview

The coordinate system builds the base for geo referencing on a military map. MGRS and UTM are the most used coordinate system in the context of military mission planning. The web application supports the following coordinate systems:

  • None
  • MGRS
  • GARS
  • UTM
  • WGS84
  • BNG (limited to UK)
  • LV95 (limited to CH)
  • LV03 (limited to CH)


The coordinate grid is set in the Options menu of the web application. The set system is applied to all coordinates within map.army [www.map.army]. This includes the reference points of military symbols and tactical graphics.



A coordinate grid is displayed as part of the map layer. The coordinate labels are displayed on the corner of the visible map extent:

Display of Coordinate Grids in Military Map Generator [map.army]

MGRS

Set the Coordinate Grids in Military Map Generator to Military Grid Reference System (MGRS)

Follow these steps to set the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) as the default Coordinate Grid:

  1. Open the Options Menu
  2. Go to Map Settings section
  3. Select MGRS in the Coordinate Grid dropdown

GARS

Set the Coordinate Grids in Military Map Generator to Global Area Reference System (GARS)

Follow these steps to set the Global Area Reference System (GARS) as the default Coordinate Grid:

  1. Open the Options Menu
  2. Go to Map Settings section
  3. Select GARS in the Coordinate Grid dropdown

UTM

Set the Coordinate Grids in Military Map Generator to UTM

Follow these steps to set the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) as the default Coordinate Grid:

  1. Open the Options Menu
  2. Go to Map Settings
  3. Choose UTM in the Coordinate Grid dropdown

WGS84

Set the Coordinate Grids in Military Map Generator to WGS84

Follow these steps to set the World Geodetic System (WGS84) as the default Coordinate Grid:

  1. Open the Options Menu
  2. Go to Map Settings
  3. Choose WGS84 in the Coordinate Grid dropdown

BNG

Set the Coordinate Grids in Military Map Generator to BNG

Ordnance Survey National Grid reference system (also known as British National Grid (BNG)) is a system of geographic grid references used in Great Britain, distinct from latitude and longitude. Follow these steps to set BNG as the default Coordinate Grid:

  1. Open the Options Menu
  2. Go to Map Settings
  3. Choose BNG in the Coordinate Grid dropdown

LV95

Set the Coordinate Grids in Military Map Generator to Swiss coordinate system LV03 (Landesvermessung 1995, German for “land survey 1995”)

Swiss coordinate system LV95 (Landesvermessung 1995, German for “land survey 1995”) is a geographic coordinate system used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein for maps. The system is surveying by the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo). Follow these steps to set LV95 as the default Coordinate Grid:

  1. Open the Options Menu
  2. Go to Map Settings
  3. Choose LV95 in the Coordinate Grid dropdown

LV03

Set the Coordinate Grids in Military Map Generator to Swiss coordinate system LV03 (Landesvermessung 1903, German for “land survey 1903”)

Old Swiss coordinate system LV03 (Landesvermessung 1903, German for “land survey 1903”) is a geographic coordinate system used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. This is the coordinate grid typically shown on old Swiss maps. The system was surveied by the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo). Follow these steps to set LV03 as the default Coordinate Grid:

  1. Open the Options Menu
  2. Go to Map Settings
  3. Choose LV03 in the Coordinate Grid dropdown