Slightly dated, but I hadn't seen this PR...|
Tuesday October 12, 1:11 pm Eastern Time
Company Press Release
Third NATO Power Selects KVH TACNAV
MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 1999--In a move to equip its armored vehicles for the upcoming requirements of the digital battlefield, the United Kingdom (U.K.) Army has ordered its first supply of TACNAV(TM) systems from KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI - news). The initial order, valued at nearly $500,000, will be installed on vehicles that the U.K. is using in Europe. The U.K. joins Sweden and NATO members Canada and the U.S. in using TACNAV systems for targeting and positional applications in military fleets.
A digital battlefield capability, which is being developed by several NATO members, requires constant awareness of the precise positions of both friendly and adversarial troops. With that knowledge, commanders can accurately pinpoint and direct fire at targets without endangering their own troops. Unlike other military forces that use only Global Positioning System (GPS) data for position information, U.K. Army units with TACNAV systems will not be susceptible to data losses if terrestrial interference or hostile activity causes GPS signal interruptions.
TACNAV systems integrate with a vehicle's GPS to ensure that positional awareness and knowledge of far target location is 100 percent available to force commanders. The U.K. Armored Trials and Development Unit carried out a lengthy assessment of the KVH TACNAV system as part of a wider Digitization Awareness Program.
''This order represents the first deployed use of TACNAV systems by the U.K., and it is an honor to have our system selected for this important military upgrade,'' said Martin Kits van Heyningen, president and CEO. ''We believe that our systems will once again demonstrate their ability to enhance military efforts, as they did for U.S. troops in Operation Desert Storm.''
TACNAV is a digital compass-based tactical navigation system designed to bring together all of the data needed by an armored vehicle crew. Information from each of the vehicle's sensors, including the GPS, laser rangefinder, turret angle encoder and odometer, plus the precise heading data, is clearly presented in bold graphics on driver's and commander's displays. In addition, TACNAV integrates data from the vehicle's odometer and heading sensor to generate accurate dead reckoning data should the GPS fail. As a result, crews are ensured complete availability of essential data that can help military forces maintain viability on today's highly technical battlefields.
In the U.S., TACNAV systems are widely used by the Army and Army National Guard. In addition, the U.S. Marine Corps selected the company's TACNAV Light navigation system for a rebuild of its fleet of AAV 7s (amphibious assault vehicles). TACNAV Light systems provide precise tactical navigation capabilities on military vehicles that don't require the turret pointing features of TACNAV systems for heavy armored units.
TACNAV systems also were selected for impending advanced tests of the digital battlefield system as a key component in the U.S. Army's Task Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) program. The Task Force XXI program will provide battlefield commanders comprehensive, real-time digital information, electronic coordination, and situational awareness through an integrated tactical computer system. For the project to succeed, it is critical that the Army computer and communications systems know at all times the exact location of each military vehicle in a battlefield arena. An integrated TACNAV system provides the essential backup to GPS and assures 100 percent position availability. TACNAV is being tested and evaluated for possible implementation in the U.S. Army's digital battlefield management system.
KVH uses its proprietary autocalibration, sensor and fiber optic technologies to develop and market a range of products, from mobile satellite communications systems for land and sea to navigation systems for military and commercial applications. The company has its headquarters in Middletown, RI, and additional offices in Illinois, Florida and Denmark.
KVH Industries, Inc.